Perth Thunder coach steps down

Perth Thunder today announced that current head coach Dylan Forsythe would be stepping down from his post effective immediately.

Forsythe took over the role at the start of the 2014 Australian Ice Hockey League season when foundation coach Stan Scott decided to move away from the head coaching position.

Following discussions with Perth Thunder director Robert Cox, Forsythe broke the news yesterday and a team meeting was held last night to relay the news to the playing roster.

It is unconfirmed why Forsythe stepped down from the position.

A tough start to the season for Perth Thunder has them last in the AIHL standings following week 6 of the season.

A record of 0-5-1-2 has the Perth Thunder struggling to find any momentum early in the season, a recent 5-4 shootout loss against the CBR Brave showed improvement in the Thunder outfit.

After successful discussions were held with General Manager Stan Scott it was agreed that the former boss would take charge of the club until the end of the 2014 AIHL season.

Scott would lead the Thunder into the AIHL during the 2012 season, he would then coach the team through until the end of the 2013 season coaching 53 games for 27 wins, 24 losses, one overtime victory and one overtime loss.

2013 would also mark the most successful season under Scott, where the Perth Thunder would reach the AIHL Finals only to fall short in a semi-final loss to the Newcastle North Stars.

The announcement of Forsythe had mixed reactions from Perth Thunder fans, with some happy to see the return of Scott, while others were disappointed that Forsythe was moving on.

With the return of Stan Scott to the head coaching position it should give Perth Thunder fans some relief, a track record of continued improvement under Scott shows his ability to work with this hockey club.

While the AIHL finals might be getting further and further out of reach for the Thunder this season, Scott should have the ability to get the roster playing competitive hockey.

The old saying of “one week at a time” gets thrown around a lot in sport today, it may well continue within the Thunder dressing room.

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