With just two games to go in a regular season to forget, the Vancouver Giants have fired their head coach.
“We would like to thank Lorne for his time with our club,” said Giants majority owner Ron Toigo in a team-released statement. “We wish him all the best in the future.”
Lorne Molleken has been fired less than a year after he was hired by the team. Molleken, who was hired last June, was expected to oversee a bounce-back season for the G-Men, who went 27-41-4 and missed the playoffs the year prior.
But things didn’t work out that way. At 23-38-9, the Giants have the second worst record in the WHL.
Of course, the blame should never fall 100% on the coach (unless Tortorella is coaching), and that’s the case here as well.
The Giants’ captain and best player, Tyler Benson, has missed 40 of the team’s 70 games this season due to injury. That’s a crushing blow to a team like the Giants.
Tyler Kuntz will take over behind the bench for the remainder of the season.
The Giants, who are rumoured to be on the move to Langley for next season, play their last home game of the season at the Pacific Coliseum tonight. They will close out the season tomorrow in Kelowna.