According to a report in the Kamloops (B.C.) Daily News, Mark Holick is set to be named head coach of the Syracuse Crunch, Anahiem’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League next season.
The report cited “sources” at the Memorial Cup in Brandon, Manitoba; Holick is head coach of the Western Hockey League’s Kootenay Ice, which missed the tournament and finished fourth in the 12-team Eastern Conference. Writes Daily News sports editor Gregg Drinnan:
When contacted by The Daily News, Holick chose not to comment. Jeff
Chynoweth, the Ice’s owner and general manager, said he would prefer
that an announcement come from Anaheim general manager Bob Murray.
told Chynoweth of the move on Sunday.
The 41-year-old Holick has been Kootenay’s head coach since 2007. In the 72-game WHL season, the Ice won 42, 35 and 43 games in Holick’s three seasons as head coach – never missing the playoffs but never advancing past the conference semifinal round.
A veteran of three minor-league seasons, Holick also has experience coaching Canada’s Under-18 National Team in the summer of 2009.