Things must be amazing within the Vancouver Giants organization, as for the 3rd time this off season the Giants have been able to hold onto a key part of their hockey operations.
First it was Head Coach Don Hay who said thanks, but no thanks to the Oilers offer to become an Assistant Coach in Edmonton. That was followed by G.M. Scott Bonner turning down the gig of Assistant G.M. with the Oilers, and now Giants head scout Jason Ripplinger has turned down the job of General Manager with the Moose Jaw Warriors. To quote a TPS source close to the team, "I guess that's what happens when your owners are multi millionaires."
Ripplinger has been with the Giants since they joined the WHL and was promoted to head scout in 2008. Did he really want the Moose Jaw gig, or was he just applying to get some cash out of the Giants?
I wonder how this makes Dave Hunchak feel? The Warriors head coach was passed over when Jeff Truitt was hired, and now will atleast be second choice to Ripplinger.
Meanwhile, Tri City has filled one of their vacancies, hiring Barclay Parneta as head scout. Parneta has been a long time scout and spent last year with the Phoenix Coyotes before getting piped this off season. Previously he was with the St. Louis Blues organization.
And it looks like Doug Hedley is getting a better cell phone package from the Quesnel Millionaires of the BCHL. TPS reported a while back that Hedley quit as head coach in Olds of the AJHL over a cell phone dispute. Hedley joins the money men after Glen Watson gave up his coaching duties while still keeping the title of General Manager. Ironically both Hedley and Watson were both once coaches for the OCN Blizzard of the MJHL.