In breaking news, HSN have been informed that Steve Laforet has been told by the Melbourne Mustangs that his services will not be required in the 2013 AIHL season. Andrew Hewitt reports.
HSN received information from inaugural Melbourne Mustangs Head Coach Steve Laforet that the club has decided that he is not to coach the Mustangs in 2013.
Mr Laforet contacted the author directly and informed him that the Mustangs had made a decision that he was not to be made Head Coach of the team in the future.
The tenure of Laforet at the Mustangs has certainly not been without controversy with the then Head Coach accepting the result of an altercation at a game against the Gold Coast Blue Tongues during the 2011 season. Laforet was temporarily replaced by Doug Stevenson, current coach of the Melbourne Blackhawks in the AJIHL for the remainder of the 2011 AIHL season.
In 2012, the Mustangs hired an import Head Coach in Bill Wilkinson which unfortunately did not end in the fairy tale many had hoped for with Wilkinson and the club severing ties mid way through the season. Wilkinson’s Assistant Coach was Steve Laforet and without question slid into the role of Head Coach and helped the club to a 5-0-2-0-1 record.
HSN contacted the Mustangs and Head of Hockey Operations at the Melbourne Mustangs Andrew McDowell wished Mr Laforet all the best in the future pointing out that his role in developing the club is greatly appreciated.
“The Melbourne Mustangs have confirmed that Steve Laforet will not be coaching the team in 2013. The club would like to extend their sincere thanks to Steve for his services in the formative years of the Melbourne Mustangs and wish him well in which ever direction he decides to take in the future” said McDowell
There have been many changes to the setup of the Mustangs since final siren of the 2012 AIHL season.
“A complete review was undertaken by the club which resulted in changes both on and off the ice. The planned adjustments to player and coaching rosters have been in direct relation to the new approach that the club wishes to take” added McDowell.
Noone has ever doubted Steve Laforet’s passion for the game of hockey and he remains one of the most enthusiastic hockey coaches seen in the AIHL’s short history.
So, what lies ahead for Steve Laforet? For the immediate future, it will be some much needed weight of his shoulders and time that can be spent with his young family. That said, you can’t keep someone like Steve away from a rink forever and he vows to continue his support of hockey at any level and is open to any offers within the AIHL community.
Laforet was a much loved figure amongst many in the Mustangs playing group and his presence will be missed.
The Mustangs are yet to name a replacement for the role of Head Coach, however HSN will be sure to bring you the latest as it comes to hand.
Mr McDowell was able to add to this stating “President John Belic has advised that we are currently in final negotiations with suitable candidates for Head Coach and Assistant Coach positions and hope to be able to make a formal announcement very soon.”
Whatever the eventual outcome surely all will wish that both the Mustangs and Laforet find success in their future.
By Andrew Hewitt
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