Warriors looking for a new head coach
It looks like the Moose Jaw Warriors will be looking for a new head coach.
Mike Stothers, head coach of the Moose Jaw Warriors talks to a referee during game action this season at Mosaic Place. Stothers appears to be headed for a head coaching job in the American Hockey League. Times-Herald photo by Matthew Gourlie
Greg Drinnan had reported on his blog that Mike Stothers might be on the move to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League.
The Monarchs are the AHL affiliate team of the Los Angeles Kings.
Jon Rosen, LA Kings insider and former Everett Silvertips radio voice, tweeted on Tuesday that Kings have hired Stothers as the head coach for their farm club.
The Times-Herald spoke with Alan Millar, general manager of the Warriors on Tuesday morning and he stated that the club had given NHL teams permission to speak with Stothers about possible job openings.
“It is nothing official yet, but it is my expectation that we will be looking for a new head coach by the end of the week,” stated Millar. “There have been more than one opportunity come Stutts’ way in the last few weeks.”
The timing could be problematic for the Warriors as training camp begin in less than two months.
In three seasons with the Warriors, the team posted a record of 91-97-28 with one playoff appearance.
The Warriors can now add their list to WHL teams looking to fill head coaching positions, including the Regina Pats, Portland Winterhawks and the Vancouver Giants.
Stothers is expected to be in town at the Warriors alumni golf tournament this week and Millar stated that an official announcement to the media would take place on Thursday morning.
“My expectation is that something will be official in the next day or so,” he said.
The Warriors are focused on the CHL Import Draft, which goes Wednesday, where the team has the 12th overall pick.
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