Kurt Walsten has been re-signed as the Head Coach and General Manager for the Dryden GM Ice Dogs for a five-year deal.

In the four years Walsten has been with the organization, he has led his team four consecutive years to the SIJHL finals and winning back-to-back Bill Salonen Cup Championships in the 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 seasons.

Mike Sveinson, President of the Dryden GM Ice Dogs is pleased to welcome back the coach.

“In Kurt's 4 years with the Dryden GM Ice Dogs, he has raised the bar significantly for what we expect out of a coach; he has been in the finals each season he's been here, he's steered us to back to back championships, Kurt is fiercely loyal to the team and to Dryden, and determined to improve year after year which is evident by his stellar player recruitment and almost every 20-year old player who has played here during his tenure have gone on to post-secondary scholarships.  Kurt has been and will continue to be everything we can ask for in a head coach, and this new contract is our commitment to him for all he has done, and all he will do for the team in the future,” he says.

The organization is keeping busy in the off-season, most notably re-signing hometown players Graham Oliphant and Trey Palermo and adding Kenora Midget AAA Thistle Dylan Windsor.

The Dryden GM Ice Dogs season opener will be at home on Friday, September 21 as they host the Fort Frances Lakers at the Dog Pound.

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