January 18, 2014 - 10:26 AM
KAMLOOPS - The Kamloops Blazers are getting a ‘fresh start’ with former coach Guy Charron back behind the bench.
“The mood in the room is better, and I think the guys are looking forward to it,” Blazers left winger Cole Ully, 18, said.
Ully, like the local WHL organization, would not comment as to what happened last week when Dave Hunchak was swapped from the head coaching role, with Charron stepping up and filling in for the remainder of the season.
The team has had a tough rebuilding year after going deep into playoffs last year. The roster consists of a lot of younger players. Charron, who had been head coach for the better part of four years, went into semi-retirement. While he has temporarily filled the position, he is not expected to return as head coach next year.
“It’s tough… going through that and getting that many losses and having young guys,” Ully said. “It kind of feels like a fresh start.”
Ully has been with the team for three years, coached by Charron during his former tenure as coach. He called Charron’s coaching style ‘old fashioned.’
“He holds the guys accountable,” he said. “You don’t really notice it until you don’t have that.”
He said the team had a good week of practice, and he’s looking forward to what comes next in the back half of the season.
“We’ve set some goals, and we’re kind of just going in with a clean slate here.”
It didn't go well Friday night. The Vancouver Giants outworked the Blazers, blasting the them 6-2 on home ice.
The Blazers play host to the Seattle Thunderbirds at the Interior Savings Centre Saturday night.
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