Hockey Manitoba is happy to announce the addition of Andy Murray, Mike Keane, Shane Hnidy and JP Vigier to the Hockey Development Hot Stove Panel on Thursday, August 15th at Canad Inns Polo Park.
Andy Murray (Souris) has head coached 10 seasons in the National Hockey League with the Los Angeles Kings and the St. Louis Blues. Andy has led Team Canada to 3 Gold medals at the IIHF Men’s World Hockey Championships (’97, ’03, ’07). Currently Murray is head coach of the Western Michigan Broncos (NCAA).
Mike Keane (Winnipeg) is a three time Stanley Cup champion, after playing in the NHL from 1988 – 2004. Before retiring from professional hockey, Keane played with the Manitoba Moose where he was named captain from 2005 – 2010.
Shane Hnidy (Neepawa) played 5 seasons in the WHL followed by an eleven year NHL career, winning the 2010 Stanley Cup with the Boston Bruins. Hnidy retired from professional hockey in 2011 and is currently a colour analyst with TSN Jets and TSN 1290.
JP Vigier (Notre Dame de Lourdes) has represented Canada three times in the Spengler Cup (2007, 2008, 2009), winning the event in 2007. Vigier played his NHL career with the Atlanta Thrashers and in 2002 won the Calder Cup with the Chicago Wolves (AHL). Vigier spent 5 seasons overseas in Switzerland and is now retired working with True North Sports & Entertainment at the MTS Iceplex.
Other names for the Hot Stove have been finalized and includes; 3-time Olympic Gold medalist and 5-time World Champion, Jennifer Botterill along with Sami Jo Small who also holds 5 World Championships and 2 Olympic Gold medals. Also joining the panel will be Dave Allison who is currently head coach of the Chicago Wolves (AHL), Steven Macdonald of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs (NCAA, Women), and Bert Gilling of Bemidji-State Beavers (NCAA, Men).
The Hockey Development Hot Stove is open to everyone in the hockey community and will take place at Canad Inns Polo Park. Registration is free for the Hot Stove event but individuals who are not taking part in Coach Camp must pre-register online to reserve their seats. Doors to the Hot Stove will open at 6:30 PM, the event will begin at 7:00 PM and end at approximately 9:30 PM. The dress code for everyone in attendance at the Hot Stove is business-casual.