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Tri-City Americans part ways with head coach Jim Hiller

The Tri-City Americans will not renew the contract for head coach Jim Hiller, a Cranbrook native who has been with the club for the last five seasons.   - Submitted photo
The Tri-City Americans will not renew the contract for head coach Jim Hiller, a Cranbrook native who has been with the club for the last five seasons.
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The Tri-City Americans are looking for a new head coach.

The club officially parted ways with Cranbrook native Jim Hiller, who became the second-longest tenured coach in franchise history after running the bench for the last five seasons.

"Jim is a good person and coach and we are thankful for all the contributions he's made to our club," said general manager Bob Tory. "However, at this time, we feel we need a fresh face and voice moving forward to lead our team. We wish Jim and his family the very best as he moves on in his hockey career."

Hiller has a career record of 210 wins in 360 games with the Americans, guiding the club to four 40-plus win seasons and two U.S. Division titles. He leaves the club as the all-time leader in playoff wins (29) playoff winning percentage (0.509) and playoff series wins (6).

He guided the Americans to the WHL final in 2010, losing to the Calgary Hitmen, but earned coach of the year honours, becoming the third Tri-City coach to capture the award.

Around the WHL, the Americans, the Saskatoon Blades, the Calgary Hitmen and the Vancouver Giants are currently searching for head coaches.

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