By Scott Billeck – @scottbilleck
The Neepawa Natives announced that the organization will proceed for the upcoming 2014-15 season after a “community awareness” meeting.
The support had been overwhelming according to general manager Myles Cathcart, after the community meeting happened on April 8th.
“We needed more help, financially and in terms of volunteering,” he said. “The result has been incredible as everyone wants to keep the team in town. I am not surprised by this as Neepawa always seems to find a way to get it done.”
The Natives also announced that head coach Dwayne Kirkup will return to his post after signing a new contract on Thursday.
“The community and organization made it clear they wanted me to return and I am excited for the opportunity that has been presented,” said Kirkup in a release from the team. “The entire community is behind this team and it’s exciting to be part of it.”
Cathcart said that keeping Kirkup was just the natural progression.
“In terms of quality coaches in hockey, Kirkup is in the elite group,” said Cathcart. “He is professional, works extremely hard, is approachable and the players work hard for him. He fits in with what we are doing. We want quality players and coaches within our organization.”
Neepawa finished last in the Sher-Wood division this past season with a 14-41-5 record and will look to bolster their roster with the first overall pick in the MJHL Bantam Draft later this spring.