The Sydney Ice Dogs have been dealt a major blow to their 2014 Australian Ice Hockey League season with Head Coach Ron Kuprowsky resigning from his post, along with his coaching staff Colin Dowie and Brad Andrlon effective immediately.
Breaking news from the AIHL social media outlets stating Kuprowsky would be resigning from his position filtered through late Thursday night.
On the Fly Hockey learned via a source that the news from the Ice Dogs wasn’t just limited to Kuprowsky, with the entire coaching staff parting ways from the Sydney club.
This was later confirmed in an official release from Andrew McMurtry of the AIHL website.
Kuprowsky had been at the helm of the Sydney club since 2010 and guided the Ice Dogs to their second Goodall Cup in 2013.
Born in Edmonton, Canada, Kuprowsky played for the Central Coast Rhinos and Ice Dogs from 2005 to 2007, before moving into the Sydney head coaching role in 2011.
Taking over the Sydney Ice Dogs in 2011, Kuprowsky would go on to have three successful seasons as coach reaching the semi-finals in 2011 and 2012, and the Goodall Cup final in 2013.
It would be third time’s the charm for Kuprowsky, as the Ice Dogs would take out the championship in 2013 after an impressive season where they would finish atop of the AIHL standings.
The news rocked the AIHL community, with many showing their disbelief via social media platforms Facebook and Twitter. The news and decision couldn’t have come at worse time for the Ice Dogs, with the 2014 AIHL season already in full swing.
Looking to move forward the Sydney Ice Dogs have confirmed that Dion Dunwoodie, Anthony Wilson and Mark Page have agreed to take over the coaching of the team in the interim.
With the AIHL season already in its third week, Sydney will need to regroup quickly if they are to defend their Goodall Cup crown in 2014.