After finding out the man who had led the Bighorns into prominence for the past decade would be leaving, the Bighorns acted fast, finding 28 year old Jon Jonasson from the Minnesota Junior Hockey League. Sort of.
"Jon didn't actually come to us directly from there, he was initially recruited by Butte," said Bighorns director of Media Relations Brad Ouldhouse. "He was the head coach and GM there for a while."
Jonasson was originally hired in March to be the Butte Cobras GM/coach, but when Helena came calling, he couldn't say no.
"The biggest thing for me was that it was a great fit for my family and I, to come to a place to Helena," said Jonasson. "And Helena has some great traditions and that's something that I'm looking forward to adding to."
Jonasson has already started to mold his team. This past Tuesday the Bighorns participated in the NA3HL player draft, allowing him to select his own new additions.
"I had a handful of guys that I knew that I wanted to bring with me to Helena," admits Jonasson. "A couple guys that played for me last year that I drafted. The biggest thing for me is we have some older returners coming to Helena and I wanted to bring some younger guys too to build on that that so we could continue building."
"He's been in contact with all of their coaches before, and he's done due diligence as a coach in the recruiting process," said Ouldhouse. "It's kind of a cliche, but recruiting is 90% of coaching."
Again with the draft earlier this week coach Jonasson was able to add 12 players to their roster, and he's hoping they can get nine or ten of them signed, because players can opt to stay in their current situation or return to school, but obviously coach Jonasson hopes these selections will be the foundation for his future team