It’s already been several months since Trent Cassan got the job offer as assistant coach of the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League (WHL). At the time he was head coach and general manager of the Yorkton Terriers of the SJHL, a position he held for several years and one in which he experienced a lot of success, including several league titles and winning the 2014 Royal Bank Championship.
“Like a lot of things in the world of hockey, there wasn’t a lot of time to make the decision. The timing is never perfect but Yorkton was very understanding and knew it was a good opportunity for me. I couldn’t pass it up,” said Cassan.
Asked what attributes he brings to the team, Cassan said he is someone who stays calm and focused, he’s observant and a patient teacher.
“Sometimes we forget these players are still teenagers who are striving to play professional hockey,” he added.
“The WHL schedule is very busy with many road trips. There are more games, sometimes we are gone for a week at a time. It’s (WHL) noticeably more professional from the larger facilities to the treatment of the players. There are more scouts and agents and a larger staff,” he said.
Cassan said the Hitmen are having an up and down year to date and they have injuries to key players. The team has a jam-packed schedule remaining including seven weekends of three games in three days (Friday, Saturday, Sunday).
“I’m learning a lot every day and there’s great coaching staff to work with. I am very happy to have been offered a two-year contract because we have a good group of young guys whose future is in the upswing and I want to be a part of that,” concluded Cassan.
Congratulations Trent on your coaching advancement and best of luck for the rest of the season.