ELMIRA, NY – The Elmira Jackals and Head Coach Jamie Russell have mutually decided to part ways.
In a press release, team president Nate Cook said “The organization thanks Jamie Russell for all of his contributions both on and off the ice to the Jackals and the city of Elmira. We certainly wish him and his family the best in their future endeavors.”
In his two seasons with the team, Jamie Russell had a record of 69 – 63 – 12 and missed the playoffs both years. Russell went on to say that “I wish the Jackals organization all the best moving forward, I enjoyed my time and very much appreciated the great fans.”
The news drops only two days after the Jackals traded fan favorites Tyler Currier to Indy to complete the Shawn Owen trade and Jacob MacDonald to Toledo to complete the Kyle Bushee trade. In addition, the team had just 12 players on their season-ending roster, which was released on Thursday.
It’s not known if the Buffalo Sabres (Elmira Jackals NHL affiliate) will have as much influence in the coaching search as they did in 2014 but considering the Jackals re-upped with Buffalo and Rochester (Elmira’s AHL affiliate), the answer is probably yes.
Now the search begins as the Elmira Jackals will begin look for its 12th Head Coach in team history.