With three wins in their past 16 games, it was time for a change in Elmira.
The Jackals have fired head coach Malcolm Cameron and replaced him with general manager Robbie Nichols.
UPDATE: Here’s the official team release…
(PR) The Elmira Jackals announced on Wednesday that they have replaced head coach Malcolm Cameron with general manager Robbie S. Nichols.
“Our great fans and sponsors deserve to see a winning product on a nightly basis,” Jackals owner Dr. Mostafa Afr said. “With three victories in the last 16 games, it became apparent that it was time for a change.”
Nichols has three championships on his resume – one each as a coach, as an assistant general manager, and as a player – and will step behind the bench for the first time since he coached the Jackals in 22 games during the 2006-2007 season when Elmira was in the United Hockey League.
In his first season as a head coach in 1995-1996, Nichols won the Colonial Hockey League championship with the Flint Generals with a 52-18-5 record. His Generals reached the CoHL finals and the UHL finals in each of the next two seasons. A native of Hamilton, Ontario, Nichols also coached the Adirondack IceHawks and the Richmond Riverdogs of the UHL.
Nichols won a championship as the assistant general manager of the Memphis RiverKings in the Central Hockey League in the 2001-2002 season.
As a player, Nichols skated nine seasons professionally in the American Hockey League and International Hockey League. In 1988-1989, Nichols won the AHL’s Calder Cup with the Adirondack Red Wings.
Known as a physical, two-way player, Nichols totaled 2,145 penalty minutes in his career to go along with 176 goals and 192 assists for 368 career points.
UPDATE: Prior to today’s game in Reading against Trenton, the Royals have received Matt Caruana back from the Toronto Marlies and added forward Dale Mitchell from Toronto. Mitchell is a former third round pick of the Maple Leafs.
In addition, forward Ben Gordon has been loaned to the Binghamton Senators.
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