Habscheid sticking with WHL club, radio to broadcast games

Zone FM to air play-by-play of WHL

Coach and general manager Marc Habscheid on the bench of the Chilliwack Bruins. Habscheid's family has relocated to Victoria as he will carry guide the WHL's restart on Vancouver Island.

Victoria may be a fresh start for the relocated Chilliwack Bruins but there’s few coaches as decorated at the Western Hockey League level as Marc Habscheid.

With a recent Memorial Cup title and World Junior championship on his resumé, the Bruins’ general manager and head coach was the leading choice to guide the WHL’s restart in Victoria this year.

Habscheid made his willingness to relocate to Victoria official this week.

“The opportunity to continue my role in Victoria is very exciting for me and my family,” said Habscheid in a Thursday press release.

“RG Properties is known as a first class company and I look forward to representing both Victoria and RG.”

The majority of Habscheid’s 13-year coaching career was spent in the WHL with Kamloops, Kelowna and Chilliwack.

The 48-year-old Habscheid began his coaching career during the 1996-97 season with a year at the helm of the junior-A Melfort Mustangs of Saskatchewan.

Habscheid also coached as an associate with the NHL’s  Boston Bruins for the 2006-07 season.

Also staying on with the club is assistant general manager and assistant coach Pat Conacher.

He shoots, he scores

FM radio station the Zone 91.3 will broadcast all 72 regular season Victoria WHL games and playoffs.

Zone radio personality Dave Sawchuk will be carry the play-by-play action.

Each broadcast will include a pre-game and post-game show, with home pre-game shows broadcast live from the Kings Feast Restaurant inside the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.

Sawchuk, a native of Athabasca, Alta., brings 10 years of radio experience to the broadcast booth after most recently providing colour commentary for the Golden Baseball League’s Victoria Seals.

Sawchuk is also in his fourth year as Music Director for the Zone. He previoulsy did colour commentary for the Grande Prairie Storm of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.

Season tickets reservations are available now at www.vicwhl.com.

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