The Anaheim Ducks organization announces the firing of San Diego Gulls head coach Joel Bouchard after a disappointing AHL season.
However, it's not just Bouchard who has been dismissed, as the Ducks also announced the firing of assistant coaches Daniel Jacob and Max Talbot.
All three coaches joined the team before the 2021-22 AHL season, where Bouchard saw a fresh start to his coaching career after spending three seasons head coaching the primary development affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens.
Pat Verbeek, who was named General Manager in February, released a statement regarding this firing decision, a decision that he says needed to be made in order to return to the winning ways of the team.
“This was a tough year for everyone and we feel a clean slate is needed in San Diego,” said Verbeek. “These are extremely difficult decisions, but we are committed to returning to our winning ways in San Diego for our great fans. We wish Joel, Daniel, and Max the best of luck in the future,” he added in a statement.
After being eliminated from the Calder Cup Playoffs, Bouchard had mentioned how proud he was to witness the evolution of many of the guys in their hockey roster.
"It’s been a very good challenge with the players. I think a lot of players grew a lot. A lot of them had really good seasons. When you go coach in the American League, it’s not about yourself. It’s about the players. It’s about their progression," Bouchard said in his last exit interview. "It’s about the lesson you give them and your experience. The good move that you made as a player; the bad move you made and your experience as a coach. So, I think it’s been exactly what it’s supposed to be: a growing season for a lot of players and even the coaching staff together. I’m really proud of the way we peaked after Christmas through the adversity that we had. So, it’s been a very fun and interesting challenge," he added.