Minneapolis, MN - Minnesota Rink Rats Head Coach Barry Melrose announced today that he was stepping down from his position. Melrose stated outside of his home in St. Paul this morning that he will no longer be acting as head coach but will take on a role as assistant coach and act as team reporter, something Melrose described as his true love.
The news was reportedly expected by Rink Rats officials and they have been discussing this change with Melrose for some time. While those close to the situation expected this move, many Minnesota fans are left stunned because of the squad's strong run to the Cup Finals this past season. Melrose was a big part of that run and it leaves some wondering why such a bold move at this time?
The team is expected to hold a press conference sometime tomorrow to announce their new head coach, Dan Blysma who GM Rink Rat has described as, "A capable candidate who has a better chance of getting us where we want to be." "Blysma knows this squad very well already and knows how to lead an offense built like ours. We expect a strong run from this team the coming season and know that we are in good hands with Blysma and the coaching staff he is expected to announce."
Blysma was quoted to saying that the coaching staff would be changing slightly in that he'd be adding in Minnesota native Todd Richards as an assistant coach for the upcoming season. Dave Hakstol will move to the minors to help the WFHL squad as head coach and Jamie Langenbrunner will captain this squad with Brent Burns and Derek Roy remaining as assistant captains. No other changes were announced today.