Dan Rose resigns as head coach of Sarnia Legionnaires

Club begins active recruitment for veteran leader's replacement

legionnaires-playersThe Sarnia Legionnaires are looking for a new head coach.

Tom Knight, president of the Western Jr. ‘B’ hockey club, announced Tuesday afternoon that Rose had resigned after five years as Sarnia’s bench boss.

Rose, a native of Point Edward, is the dean of Western Jr. ‘B’ hockey ice generals, having coached more than 500 games over the past 11 seasons.

During his stint with the Legionnaires the club won one Stan Moore Trophy as regular season champions. That triumph came in 2012, the same year he was named the Ontario Hockey Association’s coach-of-the-year in 2012.

However, post season success eluded him, with the club winning just two playoff rounds during his tenure.

Rose had no comment on the reasons for his resignation.

Legionnaires president Tom Knight said, “We thank Dan for his dedication and time commitment. He put a lot of work into it.”

He added Rose spent far more time on the job than many people realize because he had to travel back and forth from his home in Port Stanley for practices and games.

Knight said the Legionnaires will name a replacement in about two weeks. In the meantime, they are welcoming applications from interested parties.

“We’re building a new team next year with at least 10 new pieces (because 10 players are too old to return),” he said.

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