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Troy Ward replaces Don Hay as coach of WHL's Vancouver Giants

Thursday, 07.17.2014 / 1:14 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Troy Ward replaces Don Hay as coach of WHL's Vancouver Giants

VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Giants have hired Troy Ward as their new head coach.

Ward takes over the WHL team after three seasons as coach of the AHL's Abbotsford Heat, the Calgary Flames' top minor-league affiliate.

"It's an honour," Ward said in a statement. "You talk about the WHL and the history of the league and everything that goes with it and the exposure, and obviously Vancouver is right there at the top."

Ward takes over for longtime head coach Don Hay, who left for the Kamloops Blazers.

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We think that Randy is a very good coach. Our players think that Randy is a very good coach. We think that he's going to get the most out of this group. With the addition of the two assistants, a bit of a different dynamic, we're very comfortable that this is a quality coaching staff that's going to maximize the potential of this team.

— Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis on head coach Randy Carlyle and his staff