Kindersley Clips Coach

The Iron Horse Kindersley Klippers have announced that Head Coach and General Manager Rockie Zinger will not have his contract renewed for the 2015-2016 Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League season.

The Klippers wished Zinger well in his future endeavours, and are now seeking applicants for the vacant position.

Zinger took over the position in the 2010-11 season, as the team advanced to the SJHL semi finals where they were swept by the Yorkton Terriers. The team then entered a rebuild stage, bottoming out in 2011-12 with 11 points and finishing at the bottom of the SJHL standings.

In 2012-13, the team improved from 11 wins to 22 wins, moving from 12th place to 8th place and returning to the playoffs after a one year absence, but the Klippers lost out to the Estevan Bruins 3-1 in the first round.

It was another leap forward in 2013-14, improving from 22 wins to 34 wins, and climbing from 8th place to 3rd in the league. Despite a strong regular season, the Klippers would not escape the first round of the 2014 playoffs as they dropped four straight games to Melville, with each game being decided by one goal.

For the fourth straight season in 2014-15, the Klippers improved their regular season results under Zinger by winning 37 games and finishing in second place overall. Playoff success came early with a convincing sweep of the Battlefords North Stars, but the Klippers could not get past the Notre Dame Hounds as they lost the semi final series in six games.

In the semi final series, the Klippers dropped a hard-fought overtime game 1 before being soundly defeated in game 2 by a score of 5-1. Kindersley picked up a convincing 3-0 win in game 3, but came out with a slow start in game 4 and found themselves in a 3-0 hole after one period.

The comeback effort fell just short as they lost game 4 by a score of 3-2, returning home for game 5 with a 3-1 series deficit. Game 5 featured an inspired effort by the Klippers, picking up an early lead and hanging on for a 4-2 win in front of a lively crowd. The series returned to Wilcox for game 6 with the Klippers looking to stay alive, but the Hounds won a hard-fought game in overtime to end Kindersley’s season.

Zinger’s regular season record as head coach of the Klippers was 123-111-15-12, resulting in a 0.523 winning percentage.

In playoff games, the Klippers record under Zinger was 11-16, a winning percentage of 0.407.