Prince Albert SK – The Board of Directors of the Prince Albert Raiders announces they have made a change in the hockey operations of the organization. Effectively immediately Bruno Campese will be solely the General Manager with Steve Young taking over as the Head Coach and Craig Bedard remaining as the Assistant Coach. Previous Campese was the Head Coach and General Manager, and Young the Associate Coach and Assistant General Manager.
The Raiders are currently 4-11-1-1 and 10th in the Western Hockey League’s Eastern Conference having lost their past 4 straight games.
“Bruno Campese approached us today about making this change”, said Team President Dale McFee. “It was a move that is not easy to make, but with our play of late it was obvious a change was required. We expect more from the players than their current record.”
“In the best interest of the team I have decided to step aside as Head Coach and focus solely on the GM’s role”, commented Campese who has been the Head Coach of the team since June 21, 2007, taking over as GM on January 14, 2008. “The team is not playing to expectations as I feel we have underachieved to this point. I will take full responsibility and hold myself accountable.”
Young, who becomes the 12th Head Coach in Raiders history, was hired as Assistant Coach and Assistant General Manager on July 5, 2008. Previously Young was the Head Coach of the Moose Jaw Warriors of the WHL from 2005-07 leading them to the Eastern Conference Championship in 2006 before losing to the Vancouver Giants in the WHL Championship Series.
Young will be behind the Raiders bench when they host the Saskatoon Blades tomorrow night at 7 PM as the Raiders go for the 1,000th win in franchise history. The Box Office at the Art Hauser Centre opens at noon tomorrow.
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