By Fred Wallace
Doug Shedden sounds pretty happy these days.
Through his family connections, I was eager to speak to the former NHL'er about his coaching gig, both in the National League of Switzerland and with Canada's entry at the Spengler Cup.
When we finally got hooked up, Switzerland to Owen Sound, Shedden was still dealing with the mixed emotions of the annual Spengler Cup tournament.
While he was thrilled with both the opportunity and the experience provided through Hockey Canada as an assistant coach to Craig MacTavish, he couldn't mask the disappointment of not making it to the Championship Game.
Tournament results aside, Shedden is enjoying his experience with EV Zug and it's obvious that the Swiss Club is happy with Shedden, extending his contract in a big way.
On other matters, Shedden, while comfortable in Europe, will always have an eye on North American opportunities and without saying so, you get the sense that he believes he can coach at the highest level of club hockey.
Plus, with the Olympics this month and a background in Canadian, American, Finnish and European hockey, you know the Vancouver Games will be of special interest.
Doug Shedden and I could have talked much longer, but EV Zug was playing Bern on the night of our phone conversation and duty called.
I'm Fred Wallace