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
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
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