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Saint John Sea Dogs president Wayne Long would not confirm the number of cuts. ((CBC))

The Saint John Sea Dogs have laid off at least four employees in administration.

The cuts affect the scouting staff and business operation.

Wayne Long, president of the Sea Dogs, declined to confirm the numbers.

"I'm not aware of any cuts to you know, scouting staff for sure," he said.

"I mean obviously internally we certainly look at our operations on the hockey and the admin side every year and you know, evaluate everything and see where we are moving forward."

The cuts come as head coach Gerard Gallant is rumoured to be a candidate for a National Hockey League coaching position.

The Sea Dogs, the defending Memorial Cup champions, were ousted from the tournament by a 7-4 loss against the Shawinigan Cataractes on May 25.

Last year, they became the first Maritime junior hockey team to win the Memorial Cup.

The Sea Dogs have won more than 200 games over the last three seasons.