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Brown Bears part ways with head coach Murdock

May 5, 2021

The Kenai River Brown Bears of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) have announced that head coach Kevin Murdock has resigned and is no longer with the team.

“Kevin has resigned to pursue other options,” Chris Hedlund, Kenai River Brown Bears general manager, said in a released statement. “While disappointed in his departure, we understand that the NAHL is the League of Opportunity and our organization thanks him for his contributions and wishes him the best in future endeavors.”

Murdock took over the team before the 2019-20 season and finishes with the highest winning percentage in Brown Bears coaching history, at 47-40-4-4 for a mark of .537.

After putting the Bears on the path to earning a playoff berth in the 2019-20 season before the coronavirus pandemic canceled the rest of the season, this season Murdock led the Bears to their first playoff berth since 2014.

Kenai River finishes the regular season with Friday and Saturday games at the Fairbanks Ice Dogs and May 14 and 15 games at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex against the Ice Dogs.

Hedlund said the Bears will announce new staff additions in the near future. Assistant Coach Josh Dubinsky will be the daily hockey point of contact moving forward.

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