We hope you had a wonderful 4th of July holiday and took some time to reflect on the men and women who have sacrificed so much to shape our country. While most of the country took 3 days to observe our nation’s birthday…we here at The Sin Bin thought our nation is so damn good, we took an extra day to celebrate.
So now that the last firework has been shot off, let’s get you caught up on what you may have missed while we were gone.
New Coach in Greenville: The Greenville Road Warriors have a new head coach. Brian Gratz was named to the position in an announcement on Periscope Tuesday afternoon. Gratz served as the team’s assistant coach last season and was named the interim Director of Hockey Operations on April 16th and brings head coaching experience from the Southern Professional Hockey League and Central Hockey League (Bloomington Blaze). He becomes the second coach in team history.
New Coach in Manchester: There is a new bench boss in Manchester. Monday, the team announced Richard Seeley as the new head coach of the Monarchs. The team moved on from Jason Christie, who was not retained when the team moved from Ontario. Seeley played in Manchester from 2001-04 and during the 2005-06 season. Seeley does not have any previous coaching experience.
Lutz Re-signs With Tulsa: The Tulsa Oilers announced their team captain is back in the fold for another season. Nathan Lutz has signed on for a third season with the Oil. Last season, Lutz played in all 72 regular season games, posted 38 points (6G, 32A), was a +17 and led the team with 117 penalty minutes.
Fuel Sign Two: Indy head coach Scott Hillman continues to build his team for the coming season, with the addition of second-year forward Matt S. White and rookie forward Walker Wintoneak. Last season, White appeared in all 72 games and collected 22 points. Wintoneak is a name that maybe familiar to fans of the former Central Hockey League. He played 20 games for the Missouri Mavericks during the 2010-11 season and collected 17 points in that stretch.
ICYMI: Barry Janssen updates you on all the offseason happenings with the Kelly Cup Champions. You can read his weekly update, here: http://thesinbin.net/allen-americans-weekly-offseason-update/
Also, the latest edition of Into the Sin Bin is available. This week’s conversation is with the Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Ernst. Hear it, here: http://thesinbin.net/podcast/into-the-sin-bin-with-joe-ernst/