Darby will be back be­hind the Le­gion­niares’ bench

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The Swift Cur­rent Home Hard­ware Le­gion­naires will have at least a pair of fa­mil­iar faces be­hind the bench next sea­son as the board of direc­tors voted last week to re­tain head coach Re­gan Darby and as­sis­tant coach Shel­don Rein­hart for the 20092010 sea­son.

The pro­gram will how­ever un­dergo some changes in the off-sea­son as gen­eral man­ager Jim Dekowny has stepped aside.

Larry John­son, Le­gion­naires’ chair­man of the board, ex­plained the de­ci­sion to bring Darby and Rein­hart for an­other sea­son.

“We thought what hap­pened af­ter he (Re­gan) took over was that the play­ers were held ac­count­able on the ice and off the ice as well. We had lots of good com­ments in re­gards to how they han­dled the kids. Of course Shel­don is very en­thu­si­as­tic and very pos­i­tive and I know the play­ers liked hav­ing him around. So we thought that we would just con­tinue with the pro­gram with Re­gan as head coach and Shel­don as as­sis­tant coach. Scott Rumpel is go­ing to be the man­ager, not the gen­eral man­ager, there will be just a tweak in the job de­scrip­tion a lit­tle bit.”

John­son ex­plained the de­ci­sion was made af­ter a com­bi­na­tion of fac­tors were con­sid­ered in­clud­ing the team’s strong per­for­mance at the Telus Cup West­ern Re­gional Qual­i­fy­ing Tour­na­ment held in Swift Cur­rent.

“I think that it was just lead­ing up to it that most of the Board mem­bers saw how they re­acted, the dif­fer­ences they had in sup­port­ing each other, it wasn’t just the Telus Cup, it was lead­ing up to that even watch­ing their prac­tices. Of course they played very well in the Telus Cup and there were a lot of good com­ments from a whole lot of peo­ple in re­gards to how they played. So it was com­bi­na­tion of all those things and we are looking for­ward to an­other year with them.”

The Board is hope­ful that the pro­gram is now gain­ing mo­men­tum and ready to turn the cor­ner.

“Well we cer­tainly hope so and yeah we do. It is cer­tainly hard be­ing in Swift Cur­rent to get some of the top end kids in the prov­ince com­ing to our com­mu­nity as we are a lit­tle ways out from the Regina or Saska­toons. Our play­ers fees are prob­a­bly about av­er­age but some of the top end teams are prob­a­bly a whole lot less than ours. It is a com­bi­na­tion of a few things. But I think that we are turn­ing the cor­ner and are head­ing in the right di­rec­tion. We are all pos­i­tive about what is hap­pen­ing af­ter the Telus Cup, have good re­ports, and are looking for­ward to it again.

John­son also ex­plained Dekowny’s de­ci­sion to step aside.

“That po­si­tion with the Le­gion­naires it took a lot of time. It wasn’t just an eight month job it is 12 month job and he com­mit­ted a lot of time to it. He just felt that af­ter a num­ber of years he wanted to spend more time with his fam­ily. He has a cabin out at the lake and that is where he wanted to spend his time with his fam­ily and re­new those val­ues. He wanted to spend more time at his job as well be­cause it took a lot of time away from his job.”

A sec­ond as­sis­tant coach also re­mains a pos­si­bil­ity says John­son.

“ That re­mains to be seen. I would guess that they would maybe want an­other one. No names have come up, but once that is brought to the Board we will cer­tainly let you know.”

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