Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Nachbaur to Austria? Not so fast . . .

Don Nachbaur, the head coach of the Spokane Chiefs, coaching in Austria next season?
That will happen according to a one-paragraph item written by Heimo Kofler and posted at vorarlbergernachrichten.at. Here’s the translation from German: “Don Nachbaur, previously coach Dominic Zwerger at the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League, will be the new coach of the Graz 99ers.”
The 99ers play in Graz, Austria, as part of the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga.
Zwerger, 17, is from Dornbirn, Austria, and is in his first season with the Chiefs.
The problem here is that Nachbaur’s contract with the Chiefs runs through the 2014-15 season, and he and general manager Tim Speltz have talked about an extension.
As well, Nachbaur has told Speltz that he hasn’t talked to anyone from Austria about a coaching job.
Nachbaur, 54, played the last four seasons of his professional career in Graz. He is in his 16th season as a WHL head coach. This is his fourth season as the Chiefs’ head coach. He also spent six seasons with the Seattle Thunderbirds and six with the Tri-City Americans.
Nachbaur has 594 regular-season victories as a WHL head coach, fourth on the all-time list.
Mario Richer, a former coach in the QMJHL, began this season as the 99ers’ head coach, but he was replaced by Petri Matikainen in October. Matikainen, a former defenceman with the OHL’s Oshawa Generals, had been fired in September as head coach of Avangard Omsk of the KHL.
The 99ers missed the playoffs and Jochen Pildner-Steinburg, the team president, said earlier this week that Matikainen won’t be back. Assistant coach Herbert Hohenberger also is leaving.

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