Rich Preston relieved of his duties

Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes announced today the club has relieved General Manager and Head Coach Rich Preston of his duties effective immediately.

Last July, the Hurricanes Board of Directors unanimously agreed to exercise the 2013-2014 season option for Preston; however Board President Brian McNaughton says it was time to move in a new direction. “Rich has done what we have asked him by rebuilding the team through the draft and we appreciate all the work he has done. We are; however, not satisfied with the direction we headed in the last 30 games of the season and believe that making a change today is in the best interest of the franchise.”

Preston did start building the team by selecting players including Sam McKechnie, Adam Henry, Macoy Erkamps, Reid Duke and Ryan Pilon however during his four year tenure with the club, Preston failed to guide the Hurricanes to the playoffs finishing with a record of 100-156-13-19.


WHL Season:                        Record:                      Conference Standing:

2009-2010                   20-44-5-3 (48 pts.)      11th in East

2010-2011                   23-36-5-8 (59 pts.)      9th in East

2011-2012                   29-42-0-1 (59 pts.)      11th in East

2012-2013                   28-34-3-7 (66 pts.)      9th in East


In relieving Preston of his duties, the club also announced Assistant General Manager, Brad Robson has been promoted to the position of General Manager. Robson has been with the club since 2007 and brings vast experience and knowledge to the club.

Profile: Brad Robson

Hockey History:

2008 – Present            Lethbridge Hurricanes, Assistant General Manager

2007 – Present            Lethbridge Hurricanes Chief Scout / Director of Player Personnel

1990 – 2007               Owner/Instructor – Conditioning for Excellence (conditioning camp at the NHL, AHL, ECHL and European levels)

                                 Amateur Player – Major Junior, College Junior A, Midget AAA

1987 – 2007               Minnesota North Stars, Dallas Stars Western Canada Scout


Calgary Police Service: (1979 – 2009)

2006 – 2009               Security Operations

                                 Source Development Unit

                                 Intelligence Unit

1997 – 2006               Detective – Calgary Criminal Intelligence Unit

1995 – 1997               Sergeant and Acting Staff Sergeant

1989 – 1995               Detective – Calgary Integrated Intelligence Unit

1985 – 1989               CPS – Tactical Response Team

1979 – 1989               Constable – Calgary Police Service




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