Head ’Hog back for 2006-07

StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-11503172035264.jpg’, ‘Photo by Doug Halberstadt’, ‘Steve Martinson, who has a 94-43-18 record in two seasons with the IceHogs, will return as head coach and director of hockey operations in 2006-07.’);
StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-115031730417618.jpg’, ‘Photo by Doug Halberstadt’, ‘Rockford IceHogs President and General Manager Ryan Washatka (left) announces at a June 7 press conference that Steve Martinson (right) will return as head coach and director of hockey operations for the IceHogs in 2006-07.’);

Rockford IceHogs Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Steve Martinson will be back to lead the team in the 2006-07 season.

Contrary to speculation expressed in this column last week, Martinson will remain in Rockford for his third straight season.

In his first two seasons, Martinson compiled a record of 94-43-18 to make him the winningest coach in club history. Martinson will also become the first coach in ’Hogs history to be at the helm for three seasons.

Martinson signed a one-year contract with an option for two more seasons. During last week’s press conference, Martinson said, “I’m excited to be back!”

According to Martinson, the three factors that helped influence him during the decision-making process were as follows:

“We want to win the championship.”

“I like it here, we live in a great neighborhood.”

“You have to think about what is best for your family.”

Rockford IceHogs President and General Manager Ryan Washatka said, “From the get-go, he was our No. 1 candidate, our only candidate.”

The ’Hogs will begin the 2006 season in October.

Doug Halberstadt is a local resident and is track announcer at Rockford Speedway. He can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.

From the June 14-20, 2006, issue

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