The Melfort Mustangs lost assistant coach Dan Meyers, who is also originally from Melfort, when they announced his resignation on Friday, May 3. According to Meyers it was the business of life as a rancher with an upcoming move that made the decision for him.
Meyers explained that family, cattle horses and moving to a place north of Melfort were all aspects of his choice. His familiar cowboy hat will no longer be a part of the Melfort Mustangs.
“I have been coaching a long time, right from minor hockey, I think I had one year off maybe from coaching and then I started with the Mustangs four years ago,”
Meyers is officially stepping down from his position as assistant coach after four seasons with the Mustangs. He joined the team as Trevor Blevins Assistant Coach prior to the 2015-16 season. He remained with the club through 2018-19 and won one SJHL Championship in 2016.
“Dan was a great assistant coach. He was great to work with and always put the players and team first. I can’t thank him enough for everything he’s done and contributed to this team over the last 4 seasons. We will miss him on the bench and wish him all the best in his future endeavors,’ Blevins said.
According to Meyers it was a tough decision to step down because of his love for the game, competitive nature and love for being around the players.
“I loved being around the boys whether it was with the game, playing the game of hockey or else it was even having a coffee with them,” Meyers said.
One tradition that developed was playing Mantracker at his ranch with every team.
“We had a lot of great times playing Mantracker with the four teams I have been with. Those little things that you don’t think of I will miss quite a bit actually,” Meyers said.
Meyers explained that the players were also special. There are players from each of his four years that he will always remember.
“There are lots of guys that I still stay in touch with today. That is what I am probably going to miss in the future just the relationships that you build and then having friends for life as well,” Meyers said.
As well he got to coach his son, centre Tyson Meyers with the Mustangs and that was special to him.
“Because I did get to coach him all the way up until he went off to play AAA Midget and then he came back and tried out last year and made the team. So the last two years I got to be with him through all of the activities,” he said.
He explained that his wife Stacey is happy but also sad that he is no longer coaching. Now he can watch Tyson play hockey as a dad instead of a coach and a dad.
“I have really never got to sit and watch a hockey game with my wife. It will be neat sitting in the stands. I will be geared up sitting in the stands thinking about the game. The little things that go on through the game as a coach,”
Meyers played in both Junior A and Junior B hockey and coached Tyson all the way up through the ranks but his love for the game has not diminished.
“I love the game, I played coming all the way through AAA Midget and Junior A and then coaching and then four years with the Melfort Mustangs,” Meyers said.
The Mustangs will look to fill the Assistant Coach role, and will do so in the future in the proper manner.
“I just want to thank the Mustangs for the opportunity for being able to share my life with some of these boys that I have coached,” Meyers said.