New Kitchener Rangers brass don't plan big changes
Hiebert new GM, Smith promoted to head coach, Van Ryn new associate coach
The Kitchener Rangers' newly hired leadership team don't anticipate any drastic changes to the organization or the team.
New general manager Murray Hiebert and head coach Troy Smith have both been promoted from within the team's ranks.
Hiebert told The Morning Edition host Craig Norris on Thursday that there will be no immediate plans for changing the team's direction.
"I think at this point, the status quo," he said.
Hiebert credited his predecessor, former Kitchener Rangers general manager and head coach Steve Spott for making the transition easy.
"We were fortunate that Steve spent the last month making sure that a number of players got signed and was very involved in the recruiting process. We're set up pretty well for next year," he said.
Spott left the Kitchener Rangers two weeks ago for a job as head coach of the American Hockey League's Toronto Marlies and his former duties as the Rangers' general manager and head coach have been split in two.
Troy Smith, who was assistant coach under Spott, takes on a new role as head coach.
"Obviously I'm extremely excited, it's a little bit surreal," Smith said Thursday. "[The Kitchener Rangers] is a storied franchise with a storied history."
Mike Van Ryn comes to the Kitchener Rangers' coaching staff as a former NHLer, who played with the Toronto Maple Leafs, St. Louis Blues and Florida Panthers.
"I was super excited," he said Thursday. "Even though my wife is from down south in Florida, she said she wanted to come to Kitchener. We knew this is where we wanted to be and we're ecstatic to be a part of this family."