Mike Sirant will likely return to coach the Manitoba Bisons mens hockey squad for the 2009-2010 season. Sirant took a two year leave of absence back in July of 2006 to become the Sports Director and head coach of the Danish National men’s ice hockey team. Sirant then asked for and received an extra year on that leave last year.
If Sirant returns it will be after guiding Denmark at both the 2007 and 2008 World Championships, including a ninth place finish at the 2007 championships - the countries highest finish ever. Sirant, the winningest coach the program has ever had, would be taking over a team that finished third in the Canada West this past season under the leadership of Don MacGillivray.
MacGillivray lead the team to a 13-9-6 record, but lost their opening playoff round to the Regina Cougars. MacGillivray had success of his own at Manitoba, as he was named the CW Coach of the Year back in 2007-2008.
Sirant had the leave of absence, and will most likely be taking advantage of the opportunity to return to Manitoba. He's a two time CW Coach of the Year, and a proven commodity when it comes to CIS hockey. MacGillivray did a good job during Sirant's leave, and knew the situation he was getting into when it came to the possibility of Sirant returning. MacGillivray should have no problem finding a job if Sirant returns. MacGillivray coached in the MJHL prior to Manitoba the U of M, and will have no problem finding a job in the MJHL or at another level after leading a solid CIS program for three seasons, and garnering a Coach of the Year award to boot.