Saskatoon Blades start seek for new bench boss – Saskatoon

Mitch Love is the former head coach of the Saskatoon Blades after his resignation.

The 37-year-old has accepted an offer to become the new head coach of Stockton Heat, the Calgary Flames’ partner team in the American Hockey League.

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“It was an opportunity I just couldn’t pass up,” said Love. “And I felt like I wanted another challenge in my coaching career and here we are with the Flames.”

The Saskatoon Blades gave Mitch Love his first WHL head coaching job and after three seasons at the top he had a win rate of 0.665, which was in the WHL top 5 during that time.

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He was successful in Saskatoon and he enjoyed his time organizing.

“It wasn’t a clear and dry decision,” said Love. “It was very difficult. That is a testament to my relationship with Colin (Priestner), his family, the coaching staff and all the players that we have had in Saskatoon over the past few years.”

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“I’m really excited for him,” said Blades President and GM Colin Priestner. “We’ve built a pretty deep relationship over the past three years. And the playoff run was really special, I think, and there are some unfinished business because we didn’t get those playoffs due to the (COVID-19) pandemic.

“I am extremely grateful to Mitch for everything he has brought to our club.”

“You are in good hands when it comes to the coming season,” added Love. “Again in front of the fans in the Sasktel Center, that will be excellent. And I’m really excited to see the progress this team will make. Now with the new head of the bank and of course the guidance and leadership of Colin at the top. “

The Saskatoon Blades have already started looking for their next head coach.

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