(Kitchener, ON) The Kitchener Rangers Hockey Club announced this morning it has finalized a contract extension with General Manager Murray Hiebert through the 2017-18 season.
“I am excited to be allowed the opportunity to continue the work begun in 2013. It is important that the organization and I remain on plan to rely more on the draft than the trading route and to identify players that will continue to increase both our skill and team speed. Our future draft picks are almost fully stocked in most rounds and having a surplus of early picks will provide us with some flexibility to adjust our line-up moving forward if we choose,” stated Hiebert
“We are fortunate to have a knowledgeable and supportive fan base that understands the process involved in building a competitive team in the OHL. I am confident that they will continue to see the benefits of our personnel decisions over the last two years as more players from the 2014 and 2015 drafts join our core group of returning players this fall.”
Following the official confirmation of his contract status, Hiebert announced his decision to not renew the contract of Head Coach Troy Smith which expires in July 2015.
“I met with Troy to inform him of my decision. His professionalism and disappointment was as I would have expected,” said Hiebert.
“Troy worked extremely hard for the Rangers organization and the respect of his peers around the OHL has been communicated to me on a number of occasions, but I felt it was necessary to move in a different leadership direction on the bench.”
“My priority now is to continue moving us forward in building an exciting and successful team for our fans to watch.”
Additional details regarding the search for a head coach will follow in due course.