ORLANDO, FL – One season after missing the Kelly Cup playoffs, and starting the season with a 5-5-1 record, it would appear the Orlando Solar Bears have made a change on the bench. Anthony Noreen finishes his stint with the Solar Bears with a 38-35-10 record.
The news of Drake Berehowsky‘s move back to the ECHL was released by OHL’s Sudbury Wolves announced and later formally announced by the Bears. Assistant coach John Snowden will remain with the Solar Bears in the same capacity.
“It is always an extremely difficult decision to part ways with a head coach. We want to thank Anthony for his service to the team, which he always approached with energy and passion, and we wish him success in his future endeavors,” Solar Bears Chairman & CEO Joe Haleski said. “At the same time, we are extremely excited to welcome Drake back as the new head coach of the Solar Bears.”
“I’m excited to be returning to Orlando,” Berehowsky said. “The season is still very young, and I see a lot of potential with the roster that has been assembled.”
“Drake has done a good job with developing our players early this season,” said Wolves GM Barclay Branch, “Our intention is to find an associate coach who will continue to work closely with the development program we are implementing. At present we are currently engaged in numerous discussions to replace Drake.”
For Berehowsky, it symbolizes a return to Central Florida, where he got his first head coaching job in 2012-13 after spending three seasons as an assistant coach for the Peoria Rivermen of the AHL. After his one season on the Bears bench, he went to the Western Hockey League and coached the Lethbridge Hurricanes for two seasons, compiling a 32-99-13 record.
Berehowsky was drafted 10th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1990 NHL Draft. He went on to play over 500 games in the NHL over 12 seasons for several different teams, including the Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins, Edmonton Oilers, Nashville Predators, Phoenix Coyotes and Vancouver Canucks. During his time in the NHL, Berehowsky totaled 37 goals, 112 assists and 149 points, while averaging just less than 20 minutes per game.