67's assistant might be going to the Dogs

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:57 AM ET

The Ottawa 67's are in the market for a new assistant coach following the resignation yesterday of Vince Malette.

After spending nine seasons with the 67's helping Brian Kilrea and assistant Bert O'Brien with the coaching duties, Malette has left the club to pursue other coaching opportunities.

He has interviews lined up with teams that he didn't wish to discuss with the Sun yesterday, but it's believed Malette is in the running for the vacant coaching position with the QMJHL's Saint John Sea Dogs.

"It's an opportunity for me to do something that I really want to do," said Malette, speaking about his decision to go after a head coaching position.

"But you never feel good about something like this when you spend so much time with a team that you're leaving."

The 67's offered Malette their best wishes.

"I have the greatest respect for Vince and he has earned the opportunity to be a head coach which he most certainly deserves," said Kilrea in a statement issued by the club.

Malette listed the 1999 Memorial Cup and 2001 OHL championship victories as his highlights during his time with the 67's.

"The 2001 title is a great memory because a lot of people didn't predict we could win the league and we were able to do that," Malette said.


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