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Warren Rychel leaving Windsor Spitfires

After 13 years as general manager, Warren Rychel is leaving the Windsor Spitfires OHL team.

'We've done good work here' says outgoing GM Warren Rychel

After 13 years as general manager, Warren Rychel is leaving the Windsor Spitfires OHL team.

After 13 years as general manager, Warren Rychel is leaving the Windsor Spitfires OHL team.

Bill Bowler will take his place as vice president of hockey operations and GM. 

Under Rychel's leadership the team won more than 500 regular season and playoff games combined, including three Memorial Cups in nine years. He was named OHL Executive of the Year in 2008-2009 after his first championship.

"We've done good work here," said Rychel about his time with the Spitfires. "When we won the Memorial Cup we had no [draft] picks and Bill and I were able to recover [from] that."

Bowler has worked in the Spitfires front office since 2015. He also played four years in the OHL and coached the Spitfires from 2005 to 2007. 

Rychel wouldn't comment on what's next for him, but he did allude to a return to the NHL, where he played for 10 seasons including a Stanley Cup championship with the Colorado Avalanche.

"My strengths are people skills, coming into the rink with coaches, if a player is having a tough time. I can talk to fans," said Rychel. "I think that I can serve an NHL team well, in any aspect they want me to."

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