St. Catharines OHL squad sends head coach packing after dismal start

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Published November 14, 2022 at 4:05 pm

Sitting at dead-last in the OHL Eastern Conference with a 4-10-3 record, the Niagara IceDogs have sent head coach Daniel Fitzgerald packing.

Not even a quarter of the way through the Ontario Hockey League season, the Niagara IceDogs have sent head coach Daniel Fitzgerald packing.

Sitting at dead-last in the OHL Eastern Conference with a 4-10-3 record, owner and general manager Darren DeDobbelaer made the announcement today (November 14), saying Jeff Angelidis will come over from the Brantford 99ers to serve as interim head coach

Thus far, the IceDogs, who play out of the Meridian Centre in St. Catharines, have played just 17 games in a 68 game season.

“It was a very difficult decision. This is a performance-based position and we felt that our team is a lot better than the record shows,” said DeDobbelaer.

“Daniel is one of the highest character people I have known and this was a difficult decision to make.”

Fitzgerald, the sixth head coach in team history, had more ties to the Garden City than anyone else in the organization, serving not long ago as the head coach of the St. Catharines Falcons

His interim replacement, Angelidis, is a Milton native, who began his playing career in the OPJHL, was a student-athlete in the NCAA, and even played professionally. He also has experience coaching in the GTHL, the GOJHL, and the OJHL.

 

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