Old pals act helps land left winger

Saturday, 24th June 2006

A long time friendship between Phoenix coach Tony Hand and former Fife Flyers coach Mark Morrison has played a key role in the signing of former Colorado Avalanche draft pick KC Timmons.

Morrison, assistant coach of the Victoria Salmon Kings in the East Coast Hockey League, recommended Kristinn “KC” Timmons to his Phoenix counterpart. Hand commented, “Mark and I spoke about a couple of players and he spoke highly of KC so I made the contact. He expressed a strong interest in coming to Europe and with Marks’ assistance, we came to terms very quickly. KC has good size, good experience and I’m sure he’ll be a great fit for our team.”

Originally from Victoria in British Columbia, 26-year old Timmons played his junior hockey with the Tri-City Americans and was selected in the 5th round of the 1998 NHL entry draft by the Colorado Avalanche. After signing a contract with the NHL club, KC played in the American Hockey League with the Avalanche farm team - Hershey Bears for two seasons and after a spell with the Quad City Mallards, spent last season in the East Coast Hockey League with the Salmon Kings.

Of his move to Manchester, KC noted, “Mark spoke well of Manchester and a friend who played in Britain last year told me it’s a great place to play. After speaking with Tony, it was an easy decision to say yes right away. I wish I was there now actually, I’ve been watching some of the World Cup on TV and it looks a great event. I’m really looking forward to getting there, can’t wait to get going as a Phoenix player."

picture courtesy of Victoria Salmon Kings


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