|A former NHL defenceman, Berehowsky served as an assistant for the AHL Peoria Rivermen for the past three seasons.|
After many months of waiting, the Orlando Solar Bears have named former Toronto Maple Leafs player Drake Berehowsky as their new Head Coach. As I mentioned in my last post the person named Head Coach would also be the GM, which will be the case as Berehowsky will also oversee hockey operations.
In a statement Berehowsky says: “I am proud to take the reigns in Orlando and look forward to building a winning organization. The Solar Bears partners are committed to assembling a first class organization on and off the ice. We will recruit players that possess the skill and heart to win on the ice and that want to be involved in the community off the ice. I want players that aspire to win the ECHL’s Kelly Cup while in Orlando and the NHL’s Stanley Cup in the future.”
Berehowsky spent the last three seasons in the AHL as an Assistant Coach under Jared Bednar (ironically, was one of our candidates) for the Peoria Rivermen. Though not much relevant if you're an assistant, the Rivermen went 119-96-21 in those three seasons.
As far as my take on the hiring, I would say that this is a good hire for the Solar Bears. I have heard that he is a well liked person and leader as well as having a solid background. Berehowsky also has experience coaching Hockey Canada and is a continued learner of the game, which could mean that he could be one of those coaches, like his old head man Bednar, whose career will shoot out like a rocket. As a former defenceman, we can expect the Solar Bears to be defensive-orientated (yeah, I know "you don't say")
With that, the franchise is expected to hold an introductory press conference next Wednesday, June 27 at the Orlando City Hall.
Click here for the full press release from the Orlando Solar Bears website.
What are your thoughts?