Coach Rocky Thompson Leaving Spits

Coach Rocky Thompson leaving Spitfires. June 7, 2017. (Photo courtesy of Spitfires)

The Spitfires have confirmed that head coach Rocky Thompson has been named the new coach of the AHL’s Chicago Wolves.

The Spits will hold a news conference on Thursday at 10am to give comments and details.  The Wolves are an affiliate of the NHL’s newest team, the Vegas Golden Knights.

Coach Thompson, General Manager Warren Rychel and team president Bob Boughner will be attending.

Thompson coached the Spitfires to the 2017 Memorial Cup in Windsor almost two weeks ago.

He was in his second year as the Spits’ bench boss, having taken a Windsor team that had finished last in the 2014-15 season and brought them back to the playoffs last season.

He helped Windsor overcome a first-round loss to archrival London in this year’s OHL playoffs and guided them to a perfect record in the Memorial Cup.

Before joining the Spits, Thompson was an assistant coach in the NHL with the Edmonton Oilers.