New Interim Head Hockey Coach Steve “Yuro” Yurichuk

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Willmar Warhawks

Phone: (320) 763-7600

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Willmar MN, 56201

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Press Release

Willmar WarHawks Announce

New Interim Head Coach

Steve “Yuro” Yurichuk

 

Willmar MN. November 18, 2017

Steve “Yuro” Yurichuck will serve as the Willmar WarHawk’s interim head hockey coach after Chris Blaisuis was asked to step down on Saturday night.

Yuro has been with the Blizzard organization, which includes the Brookings Blizzard, Alexandria Blizzard, and Willmar WarHawks since 2015. He has worked as a player development coach and consultant.

A search is underway for a person of the highest integrity and character that shares the organization’s commitment to player development with the skills and vision to propel the Willmar WarHawks to a championship level. This search will be quick but thorough and we are committed to hiring the best coach for Willmar.

Bio/History

Known in the hockey world as Yuro, The Toronto born coach is regarded as one of the best Skating and Skills development coaches in the game. Yuro has worked with some of the best players from around the world at all levels from the USHL, Major Junior, College to the NHL.

After playing juniors and college in both Canada and the US and pro hockey in Germany, Yuro ended his playing days in 2002 and took on the role as the director of hockey operations in Cedar Rapids, IA. During that tenure he helped build and coach a Varsity High-School program and developed and coached his Spring/Summer Yuro Stars EHC AAA program.

In 2006, Yuro moved to the Twin Cities area, where he started consulting for numerous hockey associations and high school varsity teams, while running camps, clinics and private lessons: all under his Yuro Sk8 Systems brand. During this time he co-founded the Reebok Nationals spring and summer AAA development program, which grew to over 18 teams.

From 2009 to 2011, Yuro had the opportunity to work for the St. Louis Blues organization both in Peoria and in St. Louis serving as their skills development coach. Yuro also served as the skills development coach from 2009 to 2012 for the USHL’s Sioux City Musketeers.

In 2009, Yuro was asked to be the Director of Hockey Operations and help build the Northern Educate Hockey Academy. Starting with only eight players in 2009, by 2013 he had built the program to its height of 140 players. Yuro also built and coached the 2000 and 1999 Revolution Tier I teams. Yuro remained on as the Boys Hockey Director and Skills director (under new ownership B.E. Emerson) until March 2015.

In the summer of 2013, Yuro ran the CCM Skills Camps in the cities of Detroit, Minneapolis, St. Louis and Boston. He was featured in the official Total Hockey RBZ Skate video launch in all of the US stores.

Steve Yurichuk – “Player development has been my focus and passion for the last 22 years. I have been able to travel the globe and teach some of the best players and learn from some of the best coaches. It’s great to be back coaching in such a prestigious league as the NAHL/NA3HL and to work for such a great hockey
organization.”

 

The WarHawks fall to the North Stars 4-2

Luke Fry came up big, stopping 18 of 21 shots throughout the game. The Breezy Point North Stars took the lead late in the third on a goal from Danny Wieber.

Keegan Bauman chipped in with 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist). Jared Fladebo did his part, adding 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists) and Austin Langworthy had a busy night with 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist).

In the second, Bauman opened the scoring for Willmar with a goal at 1:35 with helpers from his linemates, Martin and Pries. Cooper deposited a goal at 17:47 with helpers from Bauman and Wendorf.

In the third period, Langworthy finally put the North Stars on the board with a goal at 9:46 with assists from his teammates Fladebo and Steffan. Petroske netted a goal at 14:34 with helpers from his linemates, Langworthy and Fladebo. Wieber quickly followed with what turned out to be the game winning goal at 15:39 with assists from Steffan and Parisien. Fladebo scored a goal at 19:58 with helpers from his teammates Heckaman and Steffan.

This loss brings the Willmar WarHawks’ record to (8-6-1-0).

The WarHawks crushed the North Stars 5-2

Luke Fry came up big, stopping 39 of 41 shots throughout the game. The Willmar WarHawks took the lead before the halfway point in the second on a goal from Max Oelkers.

Braden Shea chipped in with 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist) and Max Oelkers had a busy night with 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists). Aj Hoyt contributed with 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist).

During the first period, Holt opened the scoring for Willmar with a goal at 1:02 with helpers from his linemates, Oelkers and Shea.

In the second, Cooper put in a goal at 6:35 with helpers from his linemates, Bauman and Dixon. Oelkers netted what turned out to be the game winning goal at 13:34 with assists from Erdmann and Wendorf.

During the third period, Hoyt finally put Breezy Point on the board with a goal at 7:28. Gilbert answered for Willmar with a goal at 11:35 with assists from his teammates Toll and Martin. Maucieri answered for the North Stars with a goal at 14:29 with helpers from his linemates, Langworthy and Hoyt. Shea answered for the WarHawks with a goal at 18:55 with helpers from Oelkers and Wendorf.

Willmar’s victory was in no doubt helped out by Fry’s big night as he stopped 39 of the 41 shots he faced. On the other hand, Fry’s counterpart, Ehrlich, and Breezy Point’s defense had a rough outing allowing 5 goals in 28 shots.

This win brings the Willmar WarHawks’ record to (8-5-1-0).

The WarHawks struggled against the Steel 5-2 in home game

Luke Fry came up big, stopping 4 of 8 shots throughout the game. The New Ulm Steel took the lead late in the first on a goal from Sam Storlie and never looked back.

Max Oelkers did his part, adding 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist). Ryan Smith delivered for his team with 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists) and Alex Nagel contributed with 2 assists.

In the first period, Kjome opened the scoring for the Steel with a goal at 7:30 with helpers from teammates Smith and Oare. Coppock put in a goal at 18:06 with a helper from Nagel. Storlie quickly followed with what turned out to be the game winning goal at 18:47 with assists from Smith and Reilly.

During the second period, Smith netted a goal at 0:19 with a helper from defenseman Woytcke. Oelkers quickly followed with a goal at 2:13 with assists from Gilbert and Shea. Kraus answered for the Steel with a goal at 5:30 with a helper from Nagel. Bauman answered for Willmar with a goal at 19:20 with assists from his linemates, Martin and Oelkers.

This loss brings the Willmar WarHawks’ record to (7-5-1-0).

Late goal helps the WarHawks defeat the Whalers 2-1

Braden Shea scored the game winning goal late in the game as the Willmar WarHawks defeat the the Wisconsin Whalers 2-1 in a home game at Oregon Ice Arena in Willmar. What's more, Luke Fry came up big, stopping 37 of 38 shots throughout the game.

Braden Shea delivered for his team with 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist) and Wyatt Toll had a busy night with 2 assists.

In the first, Oelkers opened the scoring for the WarHawks with a goal at 2:47 with helpers from teammates Shea and Toll.

In the third, Rogers finally put Wisconsin on the board with a goal at 17:55 with helpers from Lienemann and Hefty. Shea quickly followed with what turned out to be the game winning goal at 19:09 with assists from Dixon and Toll.

The WarHawks’ victory was in no doubt helped out by Fry’s big night as he stopped 37 of the 38 shots he faced. Fry’s counterpart, Earls, also had a big night, managing to stop 42 of 44, but ultimately fell short.

This win brings the Willmar WarHawks’ record to (7-4-1-0).