The Western Hockey League's Kootenay Ice have fired former Vernon Vipers forward Luke Pierce.
Pierce had spent the previous two seasons in Kootenay going 26-100-16-3. Prior to joining the Ice Pierce spent the previous six seasons as Head Coach-GM of the Merritt Centennials. Pierce was named BCHL Interior Conference Coach of the year in 2013 played his final year of Junior hockey in Vernon (2003-04) after being acquired from the Merritt Centennials for future considerations on June, 10th 2003. In 53 regular season games with the Vipers Pierce collected (7-goals-21-assists-28-points).
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This was posted on the Ice website:
ICE Announce Pierce Will Not Return for the 2017-2018 Season
June 2, 2017
Cranbrook, BC – Matt Cockell, President and General Manager of the Kootenay ICE Hockey Club announced today that Luke Pierce will not return as the head coach for the 2017-18 season.
“The ICE would like to thank Luke for his dedication to the hockey club and the community over the past two seasons” said Cockell. “We are committed to a fresh start for the organization and this includes the business and hockey operations. We feel that this was a necessary decision to accomplish that objective.” Cockell added that the search for a new head coach will begin immediately.
No further comment will be provided.