Briere Out! Brunette In as Bisons' Head Coach

Daniel Briere kicked upstairs to AGM role; Andrew Brunette takes Head Coach reins
by Geoff King | April 1, 2023, 8:17 AM ET
REGINA
 
Bisons’ GM Geoff King held a 7am Eastern press conference that had the local media grumbling, but the announcement jolted all watchers and had them scrambling to get the news out:
 
Head Coach Daniel Briere had been relieved of his coaching duties and moved to the role of Assistant GM. Andrew Brunette was immediately introduced as the new bench boss of the Bisons.
 
King said, “Last night’s loss to the Rockies cemented a decision I was close to making. It was our 5th loss in a row and this one hurt more than the others. We were down 3 in the first in our own rink, and though we stormed back in the 2nd and 3rd to tie it get the barn rocking, giving up a backbreaking goal so soon afterwards was devastating.”
 
Whispers from the room were that it was not Coach Briere but Team Captain Duncan Keith that took charge after the first intermission, and gave a team talk that inspired the comeback that fell short in the end. 
 
“We value Danny as a resource to the organization, and he has an eye for talent in the game, so we have secured his future with us in his new role,” added King. “We just felt that a new voice was needed at ice level, and we’re thrilled that Andrew was available.”
 
Brunette has been a minor pro head coach and consultant these past few years and has successfully assisted other professional teams with midseason changes, and Regina is hoping he can do the same.
 
“Let me make it clear”, said King, “that there is no truth to the rumours that I was going to step behind the bench myself, nor was part-owner Kiefer Sutherland ever contemplated for the coaching position. This gossip was started by paparazzi who happened to see Kiefer talking to Hamburg Gladiators’ coach Danny Devito once and ran with the idea of the Hollywood Head Coaching club. Nothing to it.”
 
Brunette briefly addressed the media, saying he was thrilled to get his SICHL head coaching opportunity with Regina, and noted “this is a team with a couple of long winning streaks already. They’re clearly a talented and capable group, and though we’re on a slide and in 9th now I’m gonna work hard with them to fight for that playoff spot until the final day.”
 
The Bisons are now 5 points back of the Rockies for the final Canadian Conference playoff spot with 23 games to go. The Whitehorse Huskies are a further 4 points ahead, and Acadia a full 10 clear. It will take a win streak from Regina and a major slip by one of those teams in the next 10 games to give the organization hope of playoff hockey.

 

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