Beyond The Benches

Denver Cutthroats Aim To Finish The Job

The Denver Cutthroats boasted a lethal offense entering the 2013-2014 playoffs and almost rode it all the way to their first Presidents Cup trophy. However, the Cutthroats ran into the defending champion Allen Americans in the finals and after winning the first game of the series; Denver proceeded to drop four straight to lose the series.

Since the final whistle of Game 5 of the CHL finals, Denver has gone through some changes in regards to their coaching staff and roster. First and foremost, former coach Derek Armstrong was promoted to the role of team president and general manager of the franchise. With Denver still being a relatively new franchise; it could be seen as no surprise that the Cutthroats attendance has been poor up until this point. The Cutthroats were last in attendance this year even though they were one of the better and exciting teams in the league. Armstrong hopes to spend more time building the name and presence of the franchise in the community because as we’ve seen in the past, the success of any franchise depends largely on the following they create.

Next, former GM and assistant coach Brad Smyth will be taking the head coaching position for the Cutthroats. Smyth played for the Cutthroats in their inaugural season and has been able to develop perspective and relationships both on and off the ice with members of the franchise.

Other happenings during the offseason focused on the Cutthroats improving the on ice talent. The most exciting piece of news for Cutthroats’ fans was when reigning league MVP Garett Bembridge re-signed for the upcoming season. Aside from re-signing their MVP, the Cutthroats have announced the signing of two other current players in J.P. Chabot and Steve Kaunisto. In an attempt to maybe find a diamond in the rough,Denver will be holding open tryouts during the weekend of August 22-24 to anyone who feels they have the talent to make the team.

The Cutthroats put together an impressive season last year full of entertainment and quality hockey. The prospect of continuing to be led by the reigning league MVP in Garett Bembridge and their new head coach Brad Smyth, the Cutthroats will be looking to take the last step they were unable to last season. Either way, the Cutthroats should be a force to be reckoned with.



Staff writer: Michael Memmolo is a passionate hockey fan who loves to share thoughts & opinions regarding everything having to do with the sport; especially when it has to do with the Boston Bruins. Mike lives in Chelsea, Massachusetts, with his fiance Julie and their dog Graham.  He can be reached on Twitter @btownpucks.

(Photo Credit: Denver Cutthroats via Twitter)