The Hamilton Bulldogs announced at their formal press conference at FirstOntario Centre today that they have appointed John Gruden as their new bench boss for the forthcoming season.
John Gruden takes over a young, experience-gained squad that is looking to get into the playoffs next season, and ultimately compete for the Memorial Cup in 2018. He was the inaugural head coach for the Flint Firebirds last season, in which the team was by all means a major embarrassment to the hockey world (due to the owner abused its power and authority not once, but twice). Despite the atmosity, Gruden has been highly regarded in the major junior hockey contingence with his respect to the players, something that Hamilton to an extent didn’t have under George Burnett.
In addition to the appointment of Gruden, Team President and General Manager Steve Staios announced that Troy Smith has returned as an Assistant Head Coach, and Assistant General Manager. To credit of Troy Smith, he did a very good job with the young defence that played good down the stretch during the playoff push late last year.