Hall's firing shakes team up

DARREN FRIESEN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:02 AM ET

Following their third straight loss Friday night, Calgary Roughnecks head coach Chris Hall suggested it might be time to bring in some new personnel.

Unfortunately for him, owner Brad Banister and general manager Kurt Silcott agreed.

Hall, the franchise's coach since Day 1, was fired by the Roughnecks after their 12-9 loss to the Toronto Rock Friday night at the Saddledome, the team announced yesterday.

"You can blame the players, you can blame the trades we did or didn't make, you can even say we were unlucky to come up against a string of hot goalies," said Banister in a statement. "But at the end of the day, the name of the game is winning and we aren't winning.

"I can't say enough good things about Chris as a coach and a person, including the fact he's one of the nicest guys you could ever hope to meet. He's absolutely awesome but in professional sports you have to win and when you don't win someone has to pay the price. It's an ugly, unfortunate and inevitable part of the game."

Hall didn't return phone calls for comment yesterday.

Silcott and Earl Caron, the last remaining member of the bench staff, served as the coaches in last night's rematch in Toronto.

Upon hearing of Hall's dismissal, assistant coach Kevin Alexander immediately put in his resignation late Friday night, leaving Earl Caron as the last bench staff left with the Roughnecks.

"I was approached by Chris Hall to do that job and that's what I signed up for," said Alexander from his home in Victoria after flying out yesterday morning. "He was the guy that I went there to work under and with him not being there, there was no point in me staying.

"I wasn't there to climb the ladder and take his job, I'm not that kind of guy. I'm loyal to the people that our loyal to me and that's how I operate."

The Roughnecks (4-4) got back to work last night as they were in Toronto to complete the home-and-home series versus the Rock (4-3).

In the meantime, Silcott will step behind the bench and act as interim head coach until he finds a replacement for Hall.

The Riggers don't return to action until March 16 in Arizona, as the league takes a few weeks off for the all-star break.

Therefore, Silcott has time to find a new head coach but according to the Riggers GM, it shouldn't take that long.

"I had four and a half hours to think about it (Friday night) on the flight to Toronto, so I've made list and I'll start talking to people," said Silcott.

"We've got some time because of the break, so we don't have to make a rash decision."

Silcott would give no indication as to who he might consider possible candidates for the job but potential replacements could include Terry Sanderson, Daren Fridge and Frank Neilsen.

As for the decision to release Hall, Silcott said he wasn't happy with the way the team was performing, especially at home.

"This is a high-quality team and we weren't pleased with the home effort," he said.

"We felt the team wasn't getting a response from Chris at this point, so we felt it was time to do something."


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