Head coach, Scott McKenzie is delighted to announce Jon Anderson as the Widnes Wild manager for the upcoming season.
42 Year old, father of 2, Jon Anderson, originally from Widnes will take over from Mick Caunce as the new manager for Widnes Wild. Jon first took an interest in the sport from a young age after watching the winter Olympics with his father. In the early 80’s Jon was involved in the Widnes street hockey scene and also played roller hockey in Warrington with a team of guys from Widnes called The Destroyers. When the rink closed down in the mid 80’s he continued to follow ice hockey by watching the Great Britain team, Manchester Storm and even made a few journeys further afield to Canada to watch the Toronto Maple Leafs play in the NHL (National Hockey League).
When Silver Blades opened in 2012, Jon brought his 2 sons skating and having picked it up quickly they both now play for the Widnes Wild junior team. Since then Jon has developed and created a recreational ice hockey team called The Riverside Raiders, who are currently competing in the Northern Rec Hockey Cup. He also has achieved both of his EIHA (English Ice Hockey Association) Level 1 coaching and level 1 official referee qualification.
Jon had this to say about the news;
‘I’ve been a keen Widnes Wild fan since day one, I’ve watched them play both home and away on a regular basis and so I was honoured when head coach, Scott McKenzie, approached me and asked me to manage the team.’
‘I’ve got a lot of respect for Scott as a player and as a coach, along with his experience, passion for hockey and interest in Widnes Wild in particular I’m 100% sure he will bring great things to this club in order for us to succeed.’
‘I love the sport and I’m very keen to see it grow in Widnes.’
‘It is my intention to assist Scott and Widnes Wild to achieve league success next season. I’m also going to be working closely with the supporters club and off ice team to help create the ultimate in game day experience for all the Widnes Wild fans.’
Scott McKenzie had this to say about bringing Jon on board;
‘In may I received the news that Mick Caunce wouldn’t be returning to Wild for the 2015/16 season, so for the last 2 months I have been searching for someone who can fill Mick’s shoes. I feel I have found that person in Jon Anderson.’
‘He is committed to the Wild, organised, willing to help in all situations but also demands authority. This is just what we need from our manager.’
‘I’m excited to have Jon onboard and think he will be a great asset for the club moving forward.’