Nova Scotia

Screaming Eagles fire head coach

The Cape Breton Screaming Eagles are looking for a new coach to turn the team around.

The Cape Breton Screaming Eagles are looking for a new coach to turn the team around.

Mario Durocher was fired as coach and general manager following a dismal season.

The team lost more games than it won this year, and crowds at the home games in Sydney were dwindling.

"It is a results-based business and sometimes when you don't get the result you have to make changes," said team president Paul MacDonald.

Local hockey fans just weren't satisfied with the product on the ice, said Charlie Cuff, a sports columnist for CBC.

"You're charging people to come to the rink. They want to see good hockey, they want to see effort, and that wasn't there this year, especially in the second half," said Cuff.

MacDonald said it was an amicable parting and he wishes Durocher well in his next job.

MacDonald hopes to have a new coach in place before the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League player draft in June.

"We have a long list of names already today. I think people recognize that coaching in Cape Breton is a very good job," he said.

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