04/13/2015 1:29 PM
BRAMPTON, ON - The Brampton Beast Hockey Club has announced the relief of Head Coach & Vice President of Hockey Operations Brent Hughes of his duties, effective immediately.
“It was a very difficult decision today, as Brent has been an instrumental part of the organization, since the teams inception two years ago," said team President and General Manager Cary Kaplan. "Brent did a tremendous job as assistant coach in our inaugural season, and was the obvious choice to succeed Mark Desantis in our first year in the ECHL. Unfortunately, for many reasons, the team was unsuccessful this year on the ice, and as a result we believe this was a necessary decision moving forward. We are confident that Brent will again be a successful coach at the ECHL level or above, however change is necessary at this point. The Beast remain committed to our loyal and ever growing fan base, and we remain firm to our commitments to fill the Powerade Centre, and bring a Championship to Brampton.”
Upon his departure, Brent Hughes wanted to thank the fans and the staff for their support, dedication and commitment.
The Beast will be retaining Assistant Coach Phil Oreskovic for the 2015-16 season. Phil retired earlier this season, and began coaching in January. Phil is unique in his connections to the area, and the only player to have ever played for the Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL), Toronto Marlies (AHL), Brampton Battalion (OHL) and Brampton Beast (ECHL). Phil has been a big part of our organization, and he will remain a strong presence in the Brampton community and a strong influence behind the bench.
The Brampton Beast have begun an extensive search for a new Head Coach.