Thursday, August 28, 2008

Machacek a guest coach for Giants

Thrashers prospect Spencer Machacek was an alumni guest coach in an intrasquad game for his former team the Vancouver Giants this week.

Ladner BC - The Giants wrapped up training camp this evening with the Annual Black and White Game. This year the Giants have changed the format to include Alumni as guest coaches. Former Giants Captain Brett Festerling and Team Black scored four times in the second period en route to a 4-2 win over the Team White Squad, led behind the bench by former Captain Spencer Machacek and Boston Bruins forward and Giants fan favourite Milan Lucic.

The thought of Machacek coaching makes me chuckle, just because he's so young looking. There really should be a photo gallery for this. The one photo on the Giants website is just of Festerling (I think). Machacek worked out in Vancouver all summer, one of several "gym junkies."

Meanwhile, Riley Holzapfel will practice with his old team the Moose Jaw Warriors before reporting to Thrashers camp. Keaton Ellerby and Ty Wishart are other 20-year-olds who will practice before heading off to play pro.

And Grant Lewis is practicing with a group of pros in LA for a few more days. I believe he'll be in Traverse City, as will Gladiators coach Jeff Pyle.

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