Hardy Sauter will not return as head coach of Spokane Chiefs

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by Spokane Chiefs

KREM.com

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 4 at 6:42 PM

SPOKANE -- The Spokane Chiefs have announced that they have elected not to exercise the option year on Hardy Sauter’s contract as head coach of the team. 

“The decision to make a coaching change at this time was very difficult,” Chiefs general manager Tim Speltz said.  “Hardy is a great person and cares deeply about his players. At the same time, I feel strongly that we need to make a change moving forward."

Sauter joined the club as an assistant coach during the 2007-08 season.  After head coach Bill Peters left for a position with the Chicago Blackhawks organization in the American Hockey League, Sauter was promoted to the top job prior to the 2008-09 season and signed a two-year deal with a third year being the team’s option.

 Sauter finished with a 90-45-3-3 record in two seasons as head coach.

The organization will begin their search for a replacement immediately.

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