© Photo Special to The Guardian By Keith Hershmiller
Billy McGuigan is enjoying his first year as an assistant coach with the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League.
Bill McGuigan has resigned after a year as an assistant coach with the Regina Pats.
The Charlottetown native and Summerside resident made the decision June 5 for family reasons and the Western Hockey League (WHL) team made the announcement on Tuesday. The team also said assistant Josh Dixon resigned June 17 and head coach Malcolm Cameron was relieved of his duties on Tuesday.
McGuigan moved back to Summerside following the WHL playoffs.
“Now that it’s official, I’ll take a week or so here and try to figure some stuff out and see what’s next,” McGuigan said Tuesday.
“If I look it will be close to home and see if I can find something. If not, I’ll take a year off after the last 10 years of doing it pretty well full bore.”
McGuigan spent time as head coach of the Summerside Western Capitals, Miramichi Timberwolves and Charlottetown Abbies prior to joining the Pats. He led the Capitals to Maritime Junior Hockey League title in 2013 before finishing second at the RBC Cup national championship in Summerside.
Regina (39-26-4-3) won the Eastern Conference’s East Division title after starting the season 1-5 this year. The Brandon Wheat Kings swept the Pats in four games in the first round of the playoffs.
“Overall it was a great year, a great experience,” McGuigan said.
“I’m definitely a lot better coach for the experience than I was when I left here. I learned a lot about coaching and a lot about myself.”
McGuigan said he is doing corrections work in Summerside while his wife is a teacher in Kinkora. They have a young family and being together is important to him.
McGuigan’s father Barney is sick and Bill said it was important for him to be close to home to support his father and the rest of the family.