The Warren Mercs were one win away from capturing the team’s first South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League title since 2010 after a heartbreaking loss in Game 7 at home to the Morden Redskins on March 26. However, the Mercs are hoping that their new head coach can take the team over the top this season.
With the departure of Gerry Minaker, Warren has welcomed back former player Matt Figur to the fold. Figur, who played with both the Mercs and the Stonewall Flyers in the SEMHL, helped lead the Stonewall Jets to their first Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League championship in 2016 while sharing head coaching duties with Brock Couch. Figur will still serve as assistant general manager of the junior team this season.
“(Just giving) back to the sport. Being (a) coach with the Stonewall Jets and moving on to the senior ranks, there are quite a few players that played with the Stonewall Jets and it would be fun to continue on,” Figur told The Stonewall Argus and Teulon Times.“They have a great team. They have a lot of returning guys … Really looking forward to winning a championship with the team would be my main goal.”