Rod Aldoff will not return to coach Ice Flyers

Rod Aldoff will not return to coach Ice Flyers

Ice Flyers’ head coach Rod Aldoff will not return for another season in Pensacola. Aldoff may look for other opportunities.

Ice Flyers’ owner Greg Harris told Channel 3 Sports that he anticipated Aldoff’s decision and has been lining up candidates to replace Aldoff. Harris expects to name a new coach next week. He said he was already familiar with his top candidates. The list of finalists includes coaches with ECHL experience, although Harris did not say if he had settled on a leading candidate.

It’s the second straight summer that Harris has had to replace Aldoff.

Aldoff led the Ice Flyers to two championships in three years, winning titles in 2014, when the team set a number of league records for wins and winning streaks, and in 2016, when the Flyers swept the top-seeded Peoria Rivermen in three straight to win the title. They clinched that series on Josh Cousineau’s iconic goal with :00.1 left in the final game.

Following that title, in May of 2016 Aldoff took a job in the higher-level ECHL, coaching the Norfolk Admirals. The Admirals were affiliated with the Edmonton Oilers. But the Admirals were sold to new owners in the first two months of the season. The new owners fired Aldoff 17 games into the season and replaced him with their guy, NHL veteran Robbie Ftorek.

Aldoff then worked as a scout for the Oilers until the Ice Flyers asked last February if he’d be interested in returning to their bench. The Flyers were struggling in seventh place.

Aldoff took over from Kevin Hasselburg February 14th. The Flyers went 14-8-2 after Aldoff took over, including a 2-game playoff sweep of Fayetteville, and a 2-0 playoff loss to eventual SPHL champion Macon.

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