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Austin Bruins Relieve Kyle Grabowski as Head Coach

April 21, 2017 07:06 PM

(ABC 6 News) – The Austin Bruins missed the playoffs for the first time in six years this past season, and after missing the postseason, the Bruins have decided to make a change, letting go of head coach and general manager Kyle Grabowski.

The Austin Bruins confirmed the move Friday morning in a press release, saying Grabowski will "be pursuing other opportunities" and they want to "thank Kyle for his hard work and dedication over the past two years."

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The Bruins relieved Grabowski of his duties after two seasons as the team’s head coach. Grabowski took over the Bruins in 2015 following the firing of Chris Tok, who took the Bruins to the Robertson Cup Finals in May of 2015.

In March of 2016, the Bruins extended Grabowski’s contract through 2019. In two seasons under Grabowski’s direction, the Bruins finished 57-58-13.    

Grabowski told ABC 6 News over the phone Friday his two years in Austin was a "positive experience," and it was an "opportuntiy to grow and learn as a coach". Grabowski is only 33 years old, he says he plans on continuing to coach hockey next year.

The Bruins say they will retain assistant coaches Keenan Kelly and Brad Clayton as they interview candidates for the head coaching job.


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