Up & Coming Weekly

March 17, 2015

Up and Coming Weekly is a weekly publication in Fayetteville, NC and Fort Bragg, NC area offering local news, views, arts, entertainment and community event and business information.

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MARCH 18-24, 2015 UCW 17 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM Wednesday, March 25, 2015 7:30 pm at the Crown Theatre For Australian Bee Gees Tickets call: Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or Visit the Crown Box Office www.CrownComplexNC.com For Information Call: (910) 323-1991 www.community-concerts.com 79th Season Presents Head Coach Emery Olauson, is put- ting the finishing touches on his sec- ond season with the FireAntz. Olauson was born and raised in Canmore, Alberta, and played college hockey at St. Thomas University. From there, he went on to play seven seasons in the Central Hockey League, and six sea- sons in the Southern Professional Hockey League. The 2014-15 sea- son is Olauson's first full season with the team, after being hired in January of last year. "I've learned a lot this season, thats for sure," said Olauson, adding, "I recruited aggressively in an effort to change the culture in the dressing room and make hockey the main focus. "With 12 rookies this year, graduating into second year players with more experience, I hope to add some key veteran guys which give us a chance to com- pete with older and more experienced teams," Olauson continued. "Learning to be better myself, the team will get better and the recruiting will get better, to give us a chance to become a championship caliber team." With a total of 10 signed players unavailable due to injury, call ups or suspen- sion, the FireAntz currently sit in seventh place in SPHL standings, just six points out of the playoffs. Adversity has been no stranger to the team in the 2014-15 season, but they continue to stay focused on the things that can be controlled. The FireAntz performances on home ice have been stellar all season long, post- ing a record of 13-8-2. With five of the last eight regular season games on home ice, Olauson stresses the importance of playing to his team's strengths in order to make a playoff run. One of these strengths is, the FireAntz power play (20 percent), which is currently ranked 1st in the league and has remained in the top three all season, "Getting on the power play as many times as possible, as well as staying out of the box will be key to our success, as our penalty kill has dropped off at the end of the year," he concluded. Meet FireAntz Head Coach Emery Olausen by JOE WELLBROCK JOE WELLBROCK Director of Marketing Fayetteville FireAntz Contributing Writer. COMMENTS? Editor@upandcomingweekly.com. 910.484.6200 The 2014-15 season is Olauson's first full season with the team, after being hired in January of last year. Mayor Nat Robertson Awards the Fayetteville FireAntz the Mayor's Small Business Award for the month of March.

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