After a 14-44-1-1 season and a tenth place finish, the Dauphin Kings are now accepting applications for a new Head Coach and General Manager.
"The Dauphin Kings set out for our 50th season, and we certainly had far better hopes then what happened this season," said Scott McCallum, Hockey Operations for the Kings. "Now is certainly a time that the Kings have to take a step back and evaluate where we're going."
Mitch Giguere joined the Dauphin Kings as the Assistant Coach prior to the 2017-2018 season but was named the Interim Head Coach and GM of the Kings in mid-November when Marc Berry was released. Brett Anderson joined the Kings as the new Assistant Coach in early January.
"I want to thank Mitch and Brett," said McCallum. "They definitely were thrown into a difficult position with the midseason change. But, as an organization, we've decided to take a step back and do a complete evaluation of our Hockey Operations."
The Kings once again iced a very young lineup this season, with several rookies being in the everyday lineup, including Jaymes Knee who was named to the Rookie All-Star Team.
"The maturity on our hockey team was probably a large part why the record was the way it was," said McCallum. "We probably went to young too fast. Now that we're setting out to find a new Coach and GM, we're looking for the best candidate possible."
When asked about the direction of the team going forward, McCallum had this to say.
"I think the Dauphin Kings are going to be in a position to try enrich the lineup," said McCallum. And, bring some leadership in as well."
Dauphin Kings fans have been spoiled in the past as the team went through years of winning, but the club has struggled in the past few years, but McCallum says's that's about to change.
"A Jr.A Hockey team doesn't survive without the local support of sponsors, and the fans who come out," said McCallum. "We couldn't be more thankful for the fans that come to support the Kings every game, and I want to encourage the fans that we have a rich history and we are going to get back to our winning ways. The product on the ice next year is going to be a really good one to watch."
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