Former NHL forward Jody Hull was named coach of the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League on Thursday, replacing Mike Pelino.
Hull had been an assistant coach with the Petes since 2010, when he rejoined the team after serving as an assistant coach from 2005 to 2008.
Peterborough is 8-23-4 this season, and their 20 points are the fewest in the OHL.
"It became quite apparent that we were not going to extend Mike Pelino's contract past this season, and we felt as a Board of Directors that a change was needed sooner rather than later," Petes president Jim Devlin said in a statement released by the team. "Jody Hull will take over head coaching duties for the remainder of the season alongside assistant coach Wayne Clark and goaltender coach Andrew Verner. With approximately half of the regular season remaining Jody will have the opportunity to show his abilities as a head coach in the OHL."
Hull spent 16 seasons in the NHL, with his best season coming in 1995-96 with the Florida Panthers, when he set career-highs with 20 goals, 17 assists and 37 points as he helped the Panthers reach the 1996 Stanley Cup Final.
He played 831 games with the Hartford Whalers, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Philadelphia Flyers, totaling 124 goals and 261 points.