Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Marc Habscheid "Not Too Worried" about Short-Term Status with Raiders

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Marc Habscheid "Not Too Worried" about Short-Term Status with Raiders

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Veteran coach Habscheid glad to be back in WHL


VANCOUVER - Marc Habscheid's coaching experience with junior, NHL, and Canadian national and Olympic teams did not earn him much job security with his new club.

After more than two seasons away from the bench, Habscheid, 51, is guiding the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League following the early-season dismissal of Cory Clouston. But the contract only covers the balance of this season.

Still, Habscheid is "not too worried" about his seemingly tenuous status.

"I've learned in life it's day by day -- and you hear that all the time, but I have a good friend of mine, who's 52 years old, that's dying of (pancreatic) cancer," he said.

"It puts life into perspective. You live every day as it comes, and tomorrow is no guarantee. So I'm just enjoying life day to day. You never know when your number is called. You don't try to plan too far ahead."

Habscheid returned to life in the rink after running a ranch that he has owned for many years south of his hometown of Swift Current, Sask. Despite his love for ranching, hockey's pull was too strong.

"I've been around the game since I was three years old," he said. "I really enjoyed ranching. It's something I grew up with, too, but hockey has been a part of me for a long time. So it was good to get back."

He last acted as an executive with the Victoria Royals' parent company on its hockey-related businesses after serving as the club's general manager and coach from 2009-12.

Habscheid's other previous WHL employers were the Kamloops Blazers (1997-99) and Kelowna Rockets (1999-2004), who won league (2002-03) and Memorial Cup (2003-04) titles under his tutelage. A former CHL coach of the year, he also guided Canada to a silver medal at the 2003 world junior championships held in Halifax and Sydney, N.S. At the senior men's level, he led Canada to world championship gold and silver medals in 2004 and 2005, respectively.

In addition, he spent one season as a Boston Bruins associate coach (2006-07) and worked as an assistant with the Canadian men's team at the 2006 Olympics.

"He's played at multiple levels as well," said Raiders general manager Bruno Campese. …

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