Habscheid relinquishes roles with Royals

Former Chilliwack Bruin hockey boss Marc Habscheid is a man without a bench, stepping aside the WHL Victoria Royals.

Marc Habscheid is out as head coach and general manager of the Western Hockey League’s Victoria Royals.

The team issued a news release on Friday that presents the change as a promotion of sorts for the former Chilliwack Bruins bench boss.

According to the release, Habscheid is “taking on a new executive role within GSL to assist GSL in developing other hockey related businesses.”

GSL Holdings Limited is the parent company of RG Properties and the Royals.

GSL also owns online hockey pool website Officepools.com, Planet Ice (a large chain of community rinks in BC) and Planet Youth Hockey (a charity program helping inner city kids).

“Marc will be involved in advising these existing businesses as well as assisting in developing new hockey related business opportunities,” the news release noted.

As much as the Royals and Habscheid are painting a pretty picture, it’s hard to not imagine the sinking fortunes of the hockey team played a role in the change.

In their first season in Victoria, the former Bruins skated to a 24-41-3-4 record and dealt their top player, Kevin Sundher, to Brandon at the trade deadline.

The team made the playoffs, but were swept by the Kamloops Blazers. Going back three years to Habscheid’s hiring prior to the 2009-10 season, his combined record with Chilliwack/Victoria was 89-105-9-13.

GSL plans on announcing the new head coach and general manager within the next few weeks. In the meantime, Habscheid said he’s happy with the switch.

“I am very excited about this new role, it is a great business opportunity,” Habscheid said in the news release. “I have been fortunate to have coached at every level of hockey, and I welcome the opportunity to use my knowledge of the game to work with GSL in their hockey related businesses. This is a great opportunity for me to get involved in broadening the reach of this great sport, something that I am passionate about.”


l One of Habscheid’s players and a former Chilliwack Bruin was selected in the National Hockey League entry draft. Steven Hodges was selected in the third round, 84th overall, by the Florida Panthers.

A former first round bantam draft pick of the Bruins, Hodges put up 21 goals and 46 points in 72 games.

Just Posted

Rescue boat theft marks third in 3 years for Agassiz-based SAR team

Eight-metre Spirit of Harrison rescue vessel was stolen Friday night, found Saturday morning

CRA scam the email edition targeted the Mounties in Chilliwack

Fraudsters claim to be from the Canada Revenue Agency but the CRA never operates this way

COLUMN: Student voices give me hope for the future

Student Caleb Pennington wanted to know why something was taken off the agenda. So he asked.

Chilliwack newcomers celebrate multicultural community

Local Immigration Partnership helping new Canadians and refugees settle into new life

VIDEO: Rubik’s Rumble a hit at Chilliwack middle school

Students fill gymnasium for first annual tournament focusing on popular puzzle toy

VIDEO: Gun enthusiasts fill Chilliwack venue for antique show

Collectors, proud owners and vendors took part in the event that approaches half a century in age

Federal government seeks public feedback on pedestrian safety

What safety measures do you think need to improved for pedestrians and cyclists?

4 facts to ring in St. Patrick’s Day

What do you really know about the Irish celebration?

Experts urging caution as rabbits die by the hundreds in B.C. city

Province of B.C. confirms more positive tests for rabbit haemorrhagic disease

Canucks snap scoreless streak but fall short in 5-3 loss to Sharks

Swiss forward Timo Meier nets two, including the game-winner, to lead San Jose

Search continues for 10-year-old Montreal boy missing since Monday

Montreal police said they are exploring every possibility in search for Ariel Jeffrey Kouakou

Airline passenger-rights bill claws back protections for travellers: Advocate

Bill C-49 would double tarmac delays, scrap compensation for flights affected by mechanical failures

Canadian research vessel to explore 19th Century shipwrecks

Commissioned this week in Victoria, the RV David Thompson is Parks Canada’s newest vessel

UPDATED: ‘New wave’ of anti-pipeline protests return to Trans Mountain facility

About 100 demonstrators with Protect the Inlet marched to the Burnaby terminal Saturday

Most Read