LETHBRIDGE: Rich Preston is out as Head Coach and General Manager of the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
The team made the announcement Tuesday, noting the fact that in four years with the organization, Preston had yet to guide the team to a single playoff appearance. Under his direction the team alternated between 11th and 9th place in the Eastern Conference in the WHL. This past season the Hurricanes finished with a record of 28-34-3-7 for 66-points.
Preston did have one year remaining on his contract, as the Hurricanes Board of Directors unanimously agreed to exercise the 2013-2014 option on his deal last July.
Brad Robson will now step into the role of General Manager. He's been with the team since 2007 as the Hurricanes Chief Scout and Director of Player Personnel, and became Assistant General Manager in 2008.
Before coming to the Hurricanes Robson, who is also a former Calgary Police officer, worked for the Minnesota North Stars and Dallas Stars as a Western Canada Scout from 1987 to 2007. Robson was also an owner and instructor of Conditioning for Excellence from 1990 to 2007, which offered a conditioning camp to elite players at the NHL, AHL, ECHL and European levels.
Following the announcement Robson outlined his plans for the immediate future, "We have some tweaking to do, yes, and that'll be looked after the next little while, I have the draft I have to look after, and then after that the coach is a priority. After a coach is selected, whoever that person may be, we will select an assistant coach that'll help out hockey club help our young players."
Robson added that he hopes to have a new coach in place by July.