Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Former Star Brad Lukowich "Terminated for Cause" By WHL Lethbridge

Brad Lukowich (Credit: Ron Byrd/Texas Stars)
Former Texas Stars defenseman and two-year captain Brad Lukowich has been 'terminated for cause' from his assistant coaching job with the WHL's Lethbridge Hurricanes. Lukowich played four seasons with the Texas Stars and served as captain for his last two. After the lockout last season, he did not play again in the AHL or elsewhere. The veteran of 658 NHL games joined the Lethbridge Hurricanes as an assistant coach in the summer. Lethbridge is the former team of Texas Stars leading goal scorer Colton Sceviour.

According to the Lethbridge Herald, Lukowich "walked out" on the team after a game last Wednesday. He was not present for games or practices in the ensuing weekend and was fired yesterday.

"It’s been going on for a couple of weeks, of course you know Brad left the team last week and I’ve been dealing with it, speaking with him and we’ve decided this is the course of action,” Hurricanes general manager Brad Robson told the Herald. “For Brad’s future and for the Hurricanes’ future.

“Brad’s goal is still to be a coach, to eventually become a head coach and he’ll continue to work toward that just not with the Lethbridge Hurricanes.”

The Hurricanes are currently tied for last place in the WHL at 11-41-2-3.

I spoke with Colton Sceviour this morning for an unrelated story and asked him about the situation in Lethbridge.

Sceviour said, "It's unfortunate, but it sort of shows the situation the team is in right now on and off the ice. It's a great place to play with unreal fans. Hopefully something can change to get them back to where they were."

Read more at the Lethbridge Herald.

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