Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Gainey's son joins Blazers

The Kamloops Blazers today announce the hiring of Steve Gainey as an Assistant Coach for the 2007-08 WHL season. Gainey, a 28-year-old Blazer alumnus who calls Kamloops home, joins Andrew Milne and Shane Zulyniak as assistants to Dean Clark.

After a four-year career with the Blazers from 1995 to 1999, Gainey played six seasons of professional hockey in the IHL and AHL with the Kalamazoo K-Wings, Utah Grizzlies, Philadelphia Phantoms, and the San Antonio Rampage and has 30 games of NHL experience with the Dallas Stars and Phoenix Coyotes.
I'm surprised to see Gainey retire at such a young age, and I don't know if injuries were a factor. He played in 20 NHL games with Phoenix in 2005-06, had a tryout with Vancouver last fall, but was cut from the team in training camp.

He should be a nice fit in Kamloops.



At 8:51 p.m., August 21, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure sucking was the big factor.

At 12:27 a.m., August 23, 2007, Anonymous Dennis Prouse said...

If you are 28 and haven't cracked an NHL lineup yet, it is definitely time to find yourself a real career before you end up riding a bus through rural Texas while playing for the Austin Ice Bats. It's a good move for young Gainey to get rolling on his post-playing days career.


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