Pats presser on Hunt hiring
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Pats back in the Hunt
Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats are proud to have Curtis Hunt return as the head coach of the blue and white. Hunt left the team on July 11th of 2008 to become the assistant coach of the NHL’s Ottawa Senators. He took over the reins of AHL’s Binghamton Senators half-way through the season and led them to a 16-14-2-1 record, just barely missing the playoffs.
Curtis Hunt originally joined the Pats in 2004 and ranks second in both games coached (270) and wins (125). In four seasons as bench boss of the Pats, his teams have compiled a winning percentage of .510 (125-120-25). In 2007-08, Hunt led the Pats to their first Division title in 10 years, with a record of 44-22-4-2.
The North Battleford, Saskatchewan native has experienced success on the International stage as well as the WHL. In August of 2005, Curtis captured Gold as Canada’s assistant coach for the Under-18 Junior World Cup played in Slovakia & the Czech Republic, that team also included former Pats captain Logan Pyett. Hunt was also the assistant coach with Canada’s World Junior Team at the 2007 and 2008 IIHF World Junior Championships, winning gold in Leksand, Sweden in 2007 and Pardubice, Czech Republic in 2008.
“We are thrilled to have Curtis return to Regina to once again be the Head Coach of the Pats. Curtis meets every one of the criteria that we were looking for in our new bench boss and I am looking forward to building on the tremendous relationship he and I shared in his first term with the Pats.” commented Regina Pats General Manager Brent Parker. “There is a different set of circumstances that have led us to this point, but the fact of the matter is had Curtis not left to become and Assistant in Ottawa we would not have been looking for a coach at this time last year. He has a proven track record of having teams that work hard and play with the structure that is needed for success. He was the right man for the job before he left and he is the right man for the job now to get us back on the track to success as an organization”
“This is a very exciting day for me and family and I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue my journey with the Pats.” says Head Coach Curtis Hunt, “I return re-energized, re-focused and committed to putting us where we belong…as the premier junior hockey team in Canada.”
Curtis Hunt’s Regina Pats Coaching Record:
Season Team Type GP W L T OTL Pct
2004-05 Regina Pats Head Coach 72 12 50 4 6 0.236
2005-06 Regina Pats Head Coach 72 40 27 1 4 0.590
2006-07 Regina Pats Head Coach 63* 33 23 2 5 0.580
2007-08 Regina Pats Head Coach 63* 40 20 1 2 0.660
Career Regina Pats Totals: 270 125 120 8 17 0.510
Career WHL Totals (MJ/Reg): 414 202 164 23 25 0.549
*Record adjusted for Hunt’s two stints with World Juniors
As a player, Hunt was drafted in the ninth round, 172nd overall, by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1985 NHL entry draft. In nine professional seasons, the defenceman recorded 31 goals and 142 assists for 173 points in 527 career games between the IHL and the AHL.
The next order of business for Brent Parker and Curtis Hunt is the search for an assistant coach. The two will be in discussions over the next couple of weeks to find an assistant bench boss. More information will be released as the search goes forward.