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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