Despite leading the Kamloops Blazers back to the playoffs in his first season, there will not be a second for head coach Serge Lajoie after a "mutual parting of ways" with the team on Thursday, Apr. 11.
“We’d like to thank Serge for his time and effort with our hockey club,” said general manager Matt Bardsley in a release. “We’d like to wish Serge and his family all the best in their future endeavours.”
Lajoie was brought in from the University of Alberta Golden Bears to replace Don Hay. Kamloops went 28-32-6 in his only season behind the bench, but made it to the playoffs, where they lost in the first round to the Victoria Royals in six games.
Bardsley told KamloopsMatters last week that he intended to bring back all of the Blazers 2018-19 coaching staff, but had yet to meet with Lajoie and discuss his future with the team.
“I’d like to thank Matt and the Kamloops Blazers for the opportunity this past season and wish the team success in the future,” said Lajoie in the release.
The Blazers will begin their search for a new head coach immediately.