This will be the Canadian pro, and highly experienced NHL player’s premiere season in the Kontinental Hockey League.
Doug Shedden is the new head coach of Medvescak’s KHL team. This will be the Canadian pro, and highly experienced NHL player’s premiere season in the Kontinental Hockey League.
''His experience playing in the NHL, leading North American and national teams, breaking win records in the AHL, and winning the Spengler Cup say a lot about Shedden as a coach and a worker. I believe that he is the right choice for our team, and I hope that he will bring the energy and strength we need to rank better this season'', the club’s president Damir Gojanovic briefly and succinctly introduced Medvescak’s new coach.
''This is an opportunity you don’t pass up, and I’m looking forward to the challenge. I know that this is my first season in the KHL and that it won’t be easy. There are going to be a lot of new cities and clubs that I’m going to have to get to know and a lot of new players that I maybe haven’t seen yet, but at the same time, it’s definitely going to be an amazing experience with many incredible games'', said an excited Coach Doug Shedden about his arrival to Zagreb.
Shedden has been sharpening his coaching craft since 1992 as head coach in North American leagues such as the CHL (Wichita Thunder, Memphis RiverKings), UHL (Flint Generals), ECHL (Louisiana IceGators), and the AHL-u (St. John's Maple Leafs), followed by the Finnish Liiga (HIFK, Jokerit), and also the Swiss NLA (Zug). He’s won four CHL titles including two with Wichita in 1993-94 and 1994-95 and two with Memphis in 2001-02 and 2002-03, and won the Colonial Cup with Flint (1999-2000). In the 2004-05 season he broke the St. John Maple Leafs’ club record by getting 46 wins in the AHL regular season, then in 2006-07 he won silver with Jokerit in the Liiga, and in 2007-08 he was selected by the Finnish national team and took them to bronze at the World Championship Elite Division. In 2013 he was a part of the World Championship Elite Division once again, this time as assistant coach to Team Canada. He also spent five years as Team Canada’s head coach in the Spengler Cup, which he won in 2012-13.
''I know several of Medvescak’s players, I’ve coached some of them before, and I hope that my knowledge and experience together with a good system and work structure will be able to provide the team with even better results. I watched them in Helsinki against Jokerit. The team looks very good. We have good lineups, and from what I saw about the players on paper, I know that they can give it their best in every game'', briefly commented Shedden about the team the he will be steering this season, adding:
''We’re going to do everything we can to get this team to the playoffs!''
Shedden is taking the team over today in Riga, and he will have his ‘premiere’ in front of home fans on Tuesday Oct. 14th at 7:30PM in Dom Sportova at the Medvescak vs Slovan from Bratislava game.