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REPORTING · 16th April 2010
Merv Ritchie
After many successful years as one of the Central Interior Hockey League’s premier teams, the Kitimat Ice Demons Hockey Club is facing the need for some off-ice re-organization and is looking for some new young blood on the ice.

Team president Luis Borges says the club has been busy since the CIHL finals and the Coy Cup looking to fill some large holes in the organization. “Really it is time for us to introduce some new blood, both on and off the ice.

“Frankly, we are less concerned about our future as a playing club – we have a very good core of experienced players and a group of youngsters who have shown they have the right stuff to compete at the highest level in our league.

"But some of our administrative people are looking to move on or hand over responsibility to others – and we are actively seeking a treasurer, some assistance with fund-raising and basic operations of the club off ice. On ice, we are looking for a new head coach and assistant coaches.

"Last season’s coaches, head coach Danny Baker has battled some health problems over the past two seasons and assistant coach and former player, Craig Hewitson, has a new family and wants to take a year off hockey to spend more time with is family,” Borges said.

"We are talking to some new people, and already have a new club general manager, Terry Marleau, as well as a new head of community relations, Jody Craven. Both have extensive hockey experience, but will be taking their first close look at senior men’s hockey.”

Borges said the club is looking for a qualified new treasurer to replace Angelo De Melo, who has agreed to help the new treasurer get a good handle on the responsibilities.”

Borges said the Ice Demons hockey club will be entering its ninth season in the CIHL in September and expects to see one or two of its core team members move aside to make room for new blood.

“We have enjoyed some very good seasons as league and playoff champions, we have been provincial senior champions three times in eight years, so we know we have a good base for on-ice operations. But there are opportunities for new volunteers and players to help make us better and that’s our objective.

"This season, after winning the regular season by a fair margin of points, we fell short in the playoff final and in the Coy Cup – so we see the need to rebuild to some extent and bring some new help on board,” he added.