Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Quarters new assistant in Des Moines

The Des Moines Buccaneers of the United States Hockey League are pleased to announce that Marty Quarters has accepted the position as assistant coach with the organization.

He joins Regg Simon, who was hired as the new head coach and general manager on August 1, on the coaching staff.

"I am honored to be part of one of the most storied organizations in junior hockey," said Quarters. "Des Moines is known for its proud tradition and having some of the most passionate fans in hockey. I'm excited to be a part of that."

Quarters, a Southfield native, brings with him 17 years of coaching and recruiting experience. His resume includes teams from youth AAA, Tier III Junior B, Tier II NAHL, Division I college hockey and three years of previous assistant coaching experience in the USHL with the Sioux City Musketeers. In Sioux City, Marty drafted and coached teams that qualified for the playoffs each season, including the runner-up in the 2005 Clark Cup Finals.

"We wanted an individual that had junior hockey experience and a proven track record in coaching and recruiting," said Simon. "I really came to respect the teams Marty helped build in Sioux City. He understands the USHL and knows what type of players can be successful in this league."

Twenty of Quarter's former players have been drafted into the NHL, including five first round picks. Eleven of those draft picks came from his Sioux City teams. He has also helped coach and develop over 70 players for Division I college hockey, including three Hobey Baker Award finalists.

"I am very excited and grateful to work with Regg Simon," added Quarters. "We both have an undeniable love for the game and a common passion in helping players to reach their highest level. The USHL is a great league and I'm proud to be a back in it."

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