Thursday, July 27, 2017

Islanders Name Former Vernon Laker-Viper Whitecotton New Head Coach:

The EV Lindau Islanders have named former Vernon Lakers-Vernon Vipers forward Dustin Whitectton new Head Coach.

EV Lindau is an ice hockey club from Lindau at Lake Constance that play in the Oberliga hockey league in Germany.

Whitecotton last played professional hockey with the Rouen Hockey Elite 76  also nicknamed the Rouen Dragonsto during the 2015-16 season before leaving the team December 15 2015 returning home to Canada for personal reasons.

The Rouen Hockey Elite 76, nicknamed the Rouen Dragons, is a French ice hockey club playing in Ligue Magnus (highest level of the sport in France). Whitecotton played just parts of one year with the Dragons picked up (2-goals-3-assists-5-points) in ten games before leaving the team.

After four years at Miami University Whitecotton spent the next three seasons playing in three different leagues (AHL, ECHL & UHL) with four different teams (Mississippi, Grand Rapids, Missouri, Lowell), before spending the next twelve years playing overseas. Since 2003 Whitecotton has played in five different leagues (Germany 2, DEL, EIHL, Germany 3 & France) with six different teams (Blue Devils Weiden, SERC Wild Wings, Straubing Tigers, Belfast Giants, Deggendorfer SC & Rouen Hockey Elite 76).

Whitecotton is the youngest player ever to play for the Vernon Lakers & Vernon Vipers making the Lakers at the young age of 14. Whitecotton played three seasons in Vernon with the Vernon Lakers and Vernon Vipers from (1993-96). In 166 games with the Lakers and Vipers Whitecotton collected (52-goals-102-assists-164-points).

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Dustin Whitecotton will be coach of the EV Lindau Islanders

July 9 2016

Lubos Sekula remains at Lake Constance

New league, new coach: The EV Lindau Islanders will start with Dustin Whitecotton as a new coach in the adventure Oberliga Süd.

Ice hockey fans are the 37 year old Canadians as a professional in Straubing (220 DEL games), as well as Schwenningen and pastures (250 assignments in the 2nd Bundesliga). For the Islanders, however, the current knowledge of the ex-striker from his Oberliga period in Deggendorf was important, after which he ended his eleven-year career in Germany. In the past season, Whitecotton was still on the ice for the French club Rouen before taking the path as a coach.

"Dustin is a young, ambitious and modern coach. What he lacks in experience is made up of a high level of expertise and a tremendous ability to communicate, "says EVL Chairman Bernd Wucher. "Our discussions have taken place at the same time and have given an identical opinion at all sporting points. As a novice, he is looking for the challenge to go to the league with us, as well as the German ice hockey with his structures. "The parallels to his predecessor at the EVL can not be overlooked. Sebastian Buchwieser as well, had to leave the field to be replaced.

At the same time the coach comes into grown structures, both as regards the club and the team. "The entry into the training business is, of course, a great challenge for me, and that is precisely what appeals to me. I want to pass on my modern philosophy of ice hockey and I am looking forward to working with the players, "says the 37-year-old. He will work closely with EVL's managing director and team manager Sebastian Schwarzbart - and has already begun. "We had arranged for a short telephone call. It was an hour, and I felt like I was talking to someone I trusted. We are on a wavelength, "says Schwarzbart.

"I know Dustin from his time as a player. Since he already thought like a coach, assumes responsibility and has always been one of the open and interested types. That is why he speaks sensationally good German, "says EVL President Marc Hindelang, who praised the thorough work of the board members Bernd Wucher and Michael Messmer. "What the two have done for the EVL in recent weeks, both in the negotiations with the DEB, as well as in personnel questions, is invaluable."

Around 60 coaches and players had flown by e-mail or post to Eichwaldstrasse 16, since the Islanders were also mentioned only in connection with the Oberliga topic. One end is not foreseen. "This is also good. We still have three positions in the squad, including the second foreigner, "says Wucher.

For the first foreigner position, the Lubauer - proven - occupied, as Lubos Sekula will also remain in the upper league as contingent player at Lake Constance. The 33-year-old goes into his fifth season with the Islanders. "Lubos is on the league and we are convinced that he can play a very important role there too and will be among the top players," says Bernd Wucher. "We know what we have in him and he knows the other way round." In the league, the two-team strength and the hardness of the Slovaks are likely to come to the fore. And his offensive qualities with 134 points (53 goals) in 135 Bayernligaspielen are enormous for the EVL.

On the other hand, the Islanders are leaving three foreign players. While Mario Seifert will stay in the Bayernliga and join the ESV Buchloe, the goal of Fabian Sing and Stefan Reisinger is unknown.

The current squad:

Goal: Beppimayer, Korbinian Sertl (ERC Sonthofen).

Defense: Tobias Fuchs, Philipp Haug, Adrian Kirsch, Lubos Sekula.

Zdenek Cech, Simon Klingler (EVR Towerstars), Mike Sabautzki (ERC Sonthofen), Jiri Mikesz, Michal Mlynek.

Coach: Dustin Whitecotton.

Departures: Sebastian Buchwieser (coach EC Peiting), Marko Babic (EV Weiden), Mario Seifert (ESV Buchloe), Fabian Sing, Stefan Reisinger (unknown).

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