New Coach, New Mind-set

Scott McKenzie joined the Widnes Wild last month from the Telford Tigers EPL and comes to the team with the will to win spoke at an event hosted by the club last night and introduced his first four signings.

He told the fans; “We will win the league – FACT!”

How McKenzie will go about achieving the team’s ambition is through developing the team’s skills and “hockey knowledge”, strengthening the player roster and introducing a new strategy.

This ambition will be supported through the support of new assistant coach Richard Charles and with input from Mark Gillingham, who has recently taken a additional role with the England coaching programme.

Part of the process of achieving the goal of winning the league will be the addition of an extra training session; a commitment the players have to embrace in order to be stronger and faster on the ice.

McKenzie made it clear that there would not a lot of changes made in terms of the squad, however everyone would need to demonstrate commitment and passion.  He also reminded the fans that there were open trials next week as he wanted to ensure no potential player was overlooked.

MeettheCoachMcKenzie then went on to announce the return of four current Wild including current goaltender Greg Ruxton.

Greg made it clear he was returning to the team with high ambitions saying; “I want to make sure we win every game and win everything we can. I expect a similar team (to last season) with a couple of new faces which will be a big benefit to the team as a whole.”

Set to move positions from offense to defence will be a challenge for Danny Bullock the second resigning announced for the club who said; “The move to defence will be a challenge, as I have never played there before.  I would love to win the league as I’ve never won it before so it would be something massive to achieve.”

Stalwart Wild defencemen Calum Ruddick was also announced said; “I want to win the league, I don’t want to play for anyone else.”

The last player announced Shaun Dippnall said; “I have enjoyed the last two years, a new coach adds a new dimension. We’re aiming high and looking forward to the attempt to challenge for the title and I’m hoping to contribute to more goals.”

Going forward the Wild will be a team of evolution, not revolution, and will be looking to build its relationship with the local community and to introduce the Wild into the surrounding areas.