Olds Grizzlys Announce Resignation Of Joe Murphy, Pete deGraaf Named Interim Head Coach

Olds Grizzlys Head Coach and General Manager Joe Murphy tendered his resignation after beating the Lloydminster Bobcats 4-2 in AJHL action at the SportsComplex on Sunday, January 12th.

A big change was made behind the bench for the Alberta Junior Hockey League's Olds Grizzlys following Sunday's 4-2 victory over the Lloydminster Bobcats.

Vice President Trent Wilhauk shared the news of a coaching change for the Grizzlys at a press conference on Monday, January 13th at the SportsComplex.

Joe Murphy from Didsbury won a Centennial Cup national junior 'A' championship with the Olds Grizzlys during his playing days. He returned to the organization as an Assistant Coach in the 2017-2018 season. Murphy compiled a record of 15-78-8 as Head Coach during the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 campaigns. 

Wilhauk says they want to search for - and bring in - the Grizzlys next Head Coach & GM before the end of the current AJHL regular season.

While the search is being done, the OGs have appointed Assistant Coach Pete deGraaf as Interim Head Coach.

Interim Head Coach Pete deGraaf and Assistant Coach Chance Szott will be behind the bench for the Grizzlys when they play their next game on Tuesday, January 14th in Camrose.

The Grizzlys will be back on home ice to play the Canmore Eagles on Friday, January 17th. Prior to the trade deadline on January 10th, Olds acquired 20 year old defenceman Brent Schuldhaus from the Eagles in exchange for future considerations. His first game in Black & Gold was the 4-2 win over Lloydminster.

The 6th place Grizzlys have a record of 9-27-5 to sit 9 points up on the last place Calgary Canucks (6-35-2) in the race for the South Division's final playoff spot.

Hear 96.5 CKFM audio from the press conference with Pete deGraaf.

Listen to more 96.5 CKFM audio from the press conference with Trent Wilhauk (pictured below).

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