Generals bring in Weisgerber

Katie Brickman
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Former player and coach brings new life to power play

There is a familiar, but new face behind the Moose Jaw Generals bench for the rest of the season.

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The Generals’ coaching staff has brought in Trevor Weisgerber as an assistant coach.

The last time Weisgerber was behind the bench at Mosaic Place was as an assistant coach with the Moose Jaw Warriors for two seasons.

“We have been talking about it for some time now, so I approached Trevor about joining us for the rest of the season and he was willing to help us out,” said Ray Wareham, head coach of the Generals. “We are very happy to have him on board.”

The coaching staff of Wareham, Jeremy Ebbett and Darwin Hazell all have fairly young families, as does Weisgerber, but bringing him in would alleviate some of the pressure.

“You can never have enough good help,” said Wareham. “We are sure happy to have him on board and hopefully it pays off down the stretch.”

The history between Wareham and Weisgerber is long, as Wareham coached the latter in midget AAA.

The experience that Weisgerber brings from playing professionally as well as coaching as different levels was appealing for the Generals.

“The experience and the offensive part of the game that he can add to us is beneficial,” said Wareham.

The biggest and most noticeable change Weisgerber has helped with has been the Generals’ power play. That has been an area that the team has struggled with all season and then Weisgerber came in and made some modifications that worked quickly in their weekend games.

“It has already paid dividends this past weekend. The more time he is going to be able to spend with the guys, hopefully the better we are going to be,” said Wareham. “Our power play seemed like it has got some new life to it, so hopefully we can keep working on it and getting better and keep things rolling.”

Weisgerber is not a new face for the players, as he worked with the team in a skill practice earlier in the season and was out on the ice prior to the Christmas break. It was just official that he was brought in last week.

“He had a fresh perspective on things and some new ideas which creates a new energy and enthusiasm,” said Wareham. “It is just a different voice and different perspective on how he might do things offensively. He has also introduced some new stuff. I think they are just soaking it all in right now.”

Weisgerber has only signed on for the remainder of the season with the possibility of staying with the Generals next year.

 “Hopefully he enjoys it, but it is until the end of the year. Then, hopefully, I can convince him to come back,” said Wareham. “We are off to a good start and hopefully keep this going.”

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