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Kanata makes coaching change

Kanata, Ont. —

The Kanata Lasers announced a coaching change on Tuesday afternoon, appointing Nathan Hewitt as head coach in place of Jeff Jordan.

Hewitt, 31, returns to the Junior-A ranks after spending last season as an assistant coach with the University of Waterloo. The North Bay native has had two prior stints as a head coach at the Junior-A level with Cumberland (2012-14) and Elliot Lake (2014-16).

“Nathan brings years of Junior-A and CIS coaching experience,” said Kanata general manager Ian Henderson. “Our philosophy won’t change much — he’ll put his own stamp on it, but he’s been watching games and likes what he sees with his players.”

Jordan, 33, will remain with the organization as head coach of its HEO AAA team; his record in one-plus season behind the Kanata bench stood at 25-36-6.

“Jeff did a great job last year with the Junior-A team, and we think he can develop a lot of future Lasers down with our U18 program,” said Henderson. “We believe he can remain an asset to the club.”

The Lasers are off to a strong start in 2017-18, and currently sit tied for second in the CCHL with a 3-2 record.

Hewitt’s first game behind the bench will be Thursday, when Kanata will host Carleton Place at the KRC — puck drop is slated for 7:30 p.m.

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