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Stan Butler out as Battalion head coach

Ryan Oulahen takes over as interim head coach while Adam Dennis is new GM. Butler remains as special advisor to the owner
Stan Butler 2016-08-31
Battalion Head Coach Stan Butler speaks to the media on training camp's opening day, August 31. 2016. File photo by Stu Campaigne

The North Bay Battalion has announced that long-time head coach Stan Butler has stepped down as head coach and director of hockey operations.  

The announcement came in a news release from the organization today. 

"The North Bay Battalion of the Ontario Hockey League announces the following personnel moves, effective today: Stan Butler, director of hockey operations, is reassigned to the position of special adviser to owner Scott Abbott; Adam Dennis is appointed general manager; Ryan Oulahen is appointed interim head coach; Bill Houlder is appointed a full-time assistant coach. In addition, Scott Wray continues as a full-time assistant coach,"  the release stated. 

Butler has served as head coach since the franchise started as the expansion Brampton Battalion in 1998-99.

Dennis has filled a variety of roles, as goaltending coach, assistant coach and assistant general manager. Oulahen, a onetime Battalion captain, served as an assistant coach for five-plus years culminating in 2015-16, was head coach of the Flint Firebirds for two-plus seasons and recently has served as skills coach with the Battalion.

"I've wanted to coach in the OHL and, from the time I was a player, it's the Battalion that I've wanted to coach," Oulahen said. "I'm looking forward very much to getting started," 

"The objective is to develop the roster of talented young players we have here and to add more in OHL Priority Selections to come, as we work to getting the Battalion back in contention for a championship," said Dennis in a release. 

Currently, the North Bay Battalion sit last in the Ontario Hockey League standings with a 5-23 record.  

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