Darren Fridge is out as head coach of the Maple Ridge Burrards.
Fridge said management has decided to go in a different direction behind the bench in hopes of turning around the WLA squad’s fortunes. The Burrards started the season with a 5-2 record and seemed poised to make it back to the playoffs after missing out the year before. However, a 3-8 finish cost the team a spot at the dance and, ultimately, Fridge his position as head coach.
“July was a real difficult month for me as a coach,” said Fridge, who has served as a coach and assistant coach with the team for 11 years. “I understand the decision. We didn’t get the results we wanted.”
He said his team struggled in the third period of games this year, losing a number of one-goal games. The Burrards up-tempo offence produced the second best totals in the league with 184 goals, lead by WLA’s top scorer and MVP in Curtis Dickson.
However, it gave up the second most goals at 189.
“I’ve loved my time coaching with the Burrards and grateful for everything,” said Fridge.
He will stay on as general manager as they look for a new coach, which he hopes to be in place by November.