Published Friday, 11 April 2014
Paul Adey will not return next season as Belfast Giants coach. (© Michael Cooper Photography)
A statement said that Adey and General Manager Todd Kelman failed to come to an agreement for next season and mutually decided to part ways.
"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," Kelman said.
The shock move comes just a week after they were on the brink of club history.
Having won the Elite League title for the second time in three seasons, they then missed out in both the Challenge Cup and Play-Offs.
Adey was named the seventh head coach in the franchise's history just 12 months ago.
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," Kelman added.
The Belfast Giants will begin recruiting for a new head coach immediately.
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