Here is the full press release from the team:
The Saint John Sea Dogs have announced that they have parted ways with Mike Kelly.
Kelly had been the head coach and general manager of the Sea Dogs since the summer of 2012. Before that, he was the team's associate coach and director of hockey operations for three seasons beginning in 2009.
"Mike Kelly is a man of integrity, and decisions like these are never easy," said Sea Dogs' President Wayne Long. "It is our duty to do what we feel is in the best interest of our team. We will always be grateful and appreciative of what Mike has done for the Sea Dogs' organization."
The Sea Dogs expect to name a new head coach in the coming days.
So this was certainly unexpected.
Hard to imagine this is based solely on the Sea Dogs start to the year. They are playing pretty much like they were expected to in year two of this rebuild. Bizarre move.
No idea who they may bring in as a replacement.
More to come at some point.