Sarnia Sting announce management restructuring, Legwand leaving bench

David Legwand behind the Sarnia Sting bench (Photo courtesy of Metcalfe Photography)

The Sarnia Sting have announced a restructuring of the OHL club’s management team.

Team Co-Owner David Legwand is stepping down as associate coach to become the club’s new president of hockey operations.

Legwand spent the past three seasons behind the Sting bench and said he’s looking forward to his new role.

“Coaching these past three seasons has been a great experience and I would like to thank everyone involved, providing me the opportunity to work directly on the ice with some very talented and character young men,” Legwand said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing to work with our entire organization and growing this program in my new role.”

The team said Head Coach Derian Hatcher, Assistant Coach Brad Staubitz, Goaltending Coach Franky Palazzese and Assistant General Manager Mark Glavin will resume their roles.

Newly appointed General Manager Dylan Seca will be in charge of finding someone to further support the coaching staff.

“I look forward to working with David in his new role as well as Derian, Brad, Franky and Mark as they continue their duties,” he said. “Together we will be searching for the right people, people who are eager to put in the effort required to support our program as well as the development of our players on and off the ice.”

Sting co-owners David Legwand & Derian Hatcher (Photo courtesy of Metcalfe Photography)

Sting co-owners David Legwand & Derian Hatcher
(Photo courtesy of Metcalfe Photography)

Co-Owner Derian Hatcher thanked Legwand for his partnership and support behind the bench these past few seasons

“We are very excited about the potential this current team has and look forward as we continue to pursue our goal of bringing a championship to Sarnia,” he said.

Bill Abercrombie remains on the Sting executive as president of business operations.