Monday the Vees made it official, adding Nick Fuher to the staff as an Assistant Coach. Fuher replaces the departed Michael Hengen. Fuher comes to the Vees with a wealth of coaching experience, having been behind the bench at a variety of levels for the past 15 years.
Most recently Fuher was in Winkler, Manitoba as an Assistant Coach with the Flyers in the MJHL. Fuher actually started his junior hockey career in the late 90’s with the Flyers and spent the 2013-2014 season on Ken Pearson’s staff. Prior to his time in Winkler, Nick was the Head Coach of the North Dakota Development Team and was an Assistant Coach at Grand Forks Central High School. His first stop in coaching was with the Lincoln Stars of the USHL and has worked at University of North Dakota Hockey Schools as an instructor/coach for eight years.
Fuher will be responsible for the Vees defensive corps and they’ll be in good hands. Fuher was a defenseman when he played, splitting his junior career between Winkler and Lincoln. He was the MJHL Rookie of the Year runner-up in 1998-1999 and was named to the USHL All-Star Game in 2000. He earned himself a scholarship to the University of North Dakota where he patrolled the blue-lines for four years. In his senior season (2005) he put up 27 points in 41 games and in the process was named to the WCHA and NCAA Regional All-Tournament teams. His “Fighting Sioux” were NCAA national runners-up that year losing out to Denver in the championship game. After he graduated from UND, Fuher signed a professional contract with the Phoenix Coyotes organization but his career was cut short after an eye injury while playing with their AHL affiliate in Utah.
Recently Fuher returned to playing and won an Allan Cup senior men’s national championship in 2012 with the South East Prairie Thunder and the 2013 Manitoba provincial championship with the Altona Maroons.
The Vees also announced Jack Ramsey as an Assistant Captain for the 2014-2015 season. Ramsey is coming off a successful rookie season, where he had 25 points in 56 regular season games and developed into one of the Vees best defensive forwards. The future Minnesota Golden Gopher elevated his play in the BCHL playoffs, where he compiled eight points in 11 games. Ramsey was drafted this past June by the Chicago Blackhawks in the seventh round, 208th overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Ramsey is an excellent choice to wear an “A” for the Vees this upcoming season. He’s got a year under his belt and plays the game the right way. Fred Harbinson has said to me several times that he never has to worry about Ramsey when he’s on the ice. He’s always in position, he’s always busting his butt and he does so many little things right. He’s the type that will say a few words when called upon but for the most part, he’ll let his play do most of the talking. A player who’s developed into an excellent penalty-killer and defensive forward but also has underrated hands around the net. I think we’ll see more offensive out of Ramsey this year and he’ll be a handful around the opposition’s net with his big frame. He comes from a great hockey family and I stress family because the way he carries himself is a direct reflection of his parents. His father Mike was defenseman in the NHL and longtime assistant coach and you can see that rub off on Jack, as he has a professional team-first attitude around the rink.