AHL's Bulldogs fire coaching staff
The AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs are now coachless.
Their parent club, the Montreal Canadiens, fired head coach Don Lever and assistant Ron Wilson, the Hamilton Spectator reported on Monday.
"I'm very disappointed," Lever told the paper. "Somewhere along the line, I must have done something wrong, but they didn't tell me what it was."
The Spectator said that Habs' general manager, Bob Gainey, phoned the coaches last week and said "the organization is going in a different direction."
Lever was hired in 2005 and is the longest-serving head coach of the franchise.
He was called up to the parent club to help out in the drive to the playoffs after Gainey fired Habs head coach Guy Carbonneau in early March.
Wilson was appointed interim Bulldogs head coach at the time and went 10-3-2-0 in the final 15 games of the regular season but lost in the first round of the playoffs.
"I'm very disappointed," said Wilson. "But that's hockey. They're making changes at the top and at the bottom, too."
Wilson was hired as assistant coach in 2003.