Friday, August 11, 2006

Former Whalers' d-man hired by Windsor

The Windsor Spitfires announced yesterday that they have hired former Spitfire and Plymouth Whalers' defenseman Mark Ridout as the team’s new strength and conditioning coach.

Ridout, who has worked as a personal trainer for the past three years after retiring from professional hockey, started the 1997-1998 season with the Whalers before being dealt to Windsor that December in the package deal for defenseman Paul Mara.

"It’s great to have Mark on board," Windsor head coach Bob Boughner said. "We know he will do a great job in ensuring that our players are in the best physical condition possible. Mark’s hockey and fitness background will be a tremendous asset to our club."

Ridout was originally the Whalers' seventh-round selection, 128th overall, in the 1997 OHL Priority Selection.

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