Paul Adey will not return behind the bench next season for the Belfast Giants. Just four days after the end of the Elite League season the Giants announced in a statement last night that ‘Adey and General Manager Todd Kelman failed to come to an agreement for next season and mutually decided to part ways.’
Kelman said, “Paul has done a great job for us this year. He won a league title and advanced to the finals for the other two major titles.”
Adey replaced Doug Christiansen last year and in his first season he led the Giants to the Elite League title for the second time in three seasons. The team won the championship by a record 23 points and with ten games to spare.
Adey also led the team to the final of the Challenge Cup and ended his season with the overtime loss in the Playoff Championship game last Sunday against the Sheffield Steelers.
After such a successful campaign his departure will come as a shock to Giants supporters.
Adey was named the seventh head coach in franchise history and his efforts this season saw him deservedly named “Coach of the Year” by both the Elite League and the UK Ice Hockey Journalists.
“On behalf of the Belfast Giants players and staff and the entire organisation that we are a part of, I want to thank him for his work and for playing a big part in what we accomplished together as a team this past season. I wish him well for wherever he ends up next season,” added Kelman.
The search for a new head coach will start immediately and with many of the current roster having already agreed to terms for next season, whoever gets the job will have a solid platform to build from.