The Forecast in London Calls for a Fleury

Today London announced that they have relieved their coaching staff and brought in Theoren Fleury to right the ship.
by Michael Oram | February 8, 2016, 2:28 PM ET

President of Hockey Operations Michael Oram along side team GM Phil Housley announced today that the hockey club has relieved all coaches from their positions.

The move comes amidst the teams longest losing streak since relocating to London and as they plummet down the World Conference standings.

Effectively immediately, Theoren Fleury has been named London’s Head Coach. Alongside Fleury the “Pocket Rocket” Valeri Bure will assume the role of Associate Coach.

Fleury played 479 games in the SICHL with Penticton, Cleveland, Whitehorse and Kansas recording 452 points and 769 penalty minutes. He added an additional 80 points and 124 penalty minutes in 87 playoff games.

In 640 games split between Peterborough, Boston, Tokyo and Helsinki, Bure recorded 463 points with an additional 16 points in 25 playoff games.

The club also announced that Al MacInnis, who was recently let go by the Calgary Mustangs, has taken on the Head Coach position in Liverpool. Macinnis is used to changing scenery mid-season having played on ten different SICHL teams over his career.

In a statement released by the Monarchs, Michael Oram had this to say about today’s changes:

“We need to shake things up. We have one of the best rosters in the league and yet here we are tumbling down the standings. This is unacceptable and we needed to make these changes prior to things getting worse. We are excited to bring in the group of guys announced today, they will bring us back to playing Monarchs hockey. It should be an exciting stretch drive for our fans as we push for home ice in the playoffs and a conference title.”

Housley added that “the timing was imperative here. We can’t afford to drop any further in the standings and still hope to compete for the conference.”

When pushed to see if these are the only changes coming to the team both Oram and Housley dropped hints they are looking at on ice moves too. The team has a number of pending free agents that could all be moved along with underperforming players like Phil Kessel.

The team also took the time to thank outgoing coach Ray Bourque for his service and dedication to the club.


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