After an extremely successful season, the Niagara IceDogs will spend some of their offseason looking for a new general manager and head coach. This comes after it was announced that Marty Williamson would no longer hold those positions with the OHL franchise.
This comes after Williamson’s IceDogs finished fourth in the Eastern Conference during the regular season and went on an impressive playoff run to the OHL Finals. While they did lose in four straight games to the OHL Champion London Knights, it still comes as a surprise that Williamson was let go by the club.
As Tom McConnell of 610 CKTB writes, Williamson “never missed the playoffs” and won “two conference championships in seven years” with the IceDogs – echoing the reaction of many. Stunned.
Williamson coached the OHL’s Barrie Colts for six seasons prior to his stint in Niagara. He’s been with the IceDogs since 2010 compiling a record of 218-157-33 over six seasons with the franchise.
In a statement released by the team, the IceDogs announced that they “will be honoring the final two years of [Williamson’s] contract to allow him to pursue future options.”
While no replacement has been announced at this point, it is expected that the team will be appointing a new general manager and head coach in the near future.
Andrew is in his 8th year reporting for The Hockey Writers covering the Toronto Maple Leafs. He began his broadcasting with CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada team as well as being part of their coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. He’s the former play-by-play voice of the London Jr. Knights for Rogers TV and currently hosts the Sticks in the 6ix podcast. You can follow him on Twitter at @AndrewGForbes.