SAINT JOHN, N.B. – Mike Kelly and the Saint John Sea Dogs have parted ways.
The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League team made the announcement on Tuesday afternoon.
“Mike Kelly is a man of integrity and decisions like this are never easy,” president Wayne Long said in a news release. “It is our duty to do what we feel is in the best interest of our team.
“We will also be grateful and appreciative of what Mike has done for the Sea Dogs’ organization.”
The release also said the Sea Dogs hope to name a new head coach in the coming days.
Kelly, who grew up in Shamrock, and Summerside native Gerard (Turk) Gallant joined the Sea Dogs in April 2009. Gallant took over as head coach while Kelly held the positions of associate coach and director of hockey operations for three seasons.
When Gallant joined the Montreal Canadiens as an assistant coach for the 2012-13 National Hockey League season, Kelly was named head coach and general manager.
The Sea Dogs, who are on an eight-game losing streak, are 5-10-0-2.