With the Soo Greyhounds continuing their search for a new head coach, it was announced on Friday evening that their assistant coach is moving back to a league he’s familiar with.
After spending two seasons behind the bench with the Hounds, assistant coach Ryan Ward is heading to the American Hockey League.
And which team do you ask?
He has just been named assistant coach/video coach of the San Antonio Rampage, the team that former Hounds head coach Drew Bannister got a position with back on June 5th.
Ward, who spent two seasons with the Hounds as an assistant coach from 2016-2018, worked alongside head coach Drew Bannister, the same man he will work as an assistant to in San Antonio.
With the head coach and assistant coach gone, the Hounds are now in a similar position they were three summers ago!
Back on June 8th, 2015, former Hounds bench boss Sheldon Keefe was named head coach of the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies, before former Hounds assistant coach A.J. MacLean was hired as their new assistant coach on July 2nd, 2015.
Both Keefe and MacLean moved up to the Marlies after helping lead the Hounds to a Hamilton Spectator Trophy (OHL regular season champions).
Not only did the Hounds finish first overall in the OHL standings during the 2014-2015 season, but they also finished first in the Canadian Hockey League rankings.
Looking at this past season now, the Hounds did the same thing!
They clinched the Hamilton Spectator Trophy and finished first first overall in the Canadian Hockey League rankings, and now their head coach and assistant coach are moving up to the the American Hockey League, and on the same team.
But one thing the Hounds did different during the playoffs this year, was make it to the OHL Finals for the first time since 1993.
Prior to joining the Hounds in 2016-2017, Ward served as a video coach of the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies during the 2015-2016 season, before being promoted to video coach for the National Hockey League’s Toronto Maple Leafs on November 26th, 2015.