Man, gonna be a lot of new faces behind benches in the ECHL's Western Conference next season (um, if you are not up to game speed in the offseason, the Alaska Aces play in said conference).
In any event, the Utah Grizzlies today announced that head coach Kevin Colley has resigned to "pursue other opportunities'' -- man, just once, wouldn't you love it if a guy resigned "to pursue nothing other than beers before noon and doing absolutely nothing." So that club needs a new leader.
The Stockton Thunder, of course, need a new head man after Matt Thomas took the UAA head coaching job last weekend.
The Bakersfield Condors, meanwhile, recently hired Troy Mann, who previously was an assistant with AHL Hershey, to run their show. He replaces Matt O'Dette, who didn't make the playoffs in either of his two seasons.
And the Las Vegas Wranglers long ago cut ties with our man Ryan Mougenel after four winning seasons -- no one will make you laugh like Moug when shooting the breeze during warm-ups -- and replaced him with former Wranglers captain Mike Madill. Madill spent the last five seasons with Vegas and was retired for about three seconds before he became head coach.
Anyhow, that's four coaching changes among just nine teams in the Western Conference. The offseason has been a lot of things, but boring isn't one of them.
By DOYLE WOODY, adn.com