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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Ftorek Relieved Of Duties

Erie, PA | by Fred Wallace  

Kris Knoblauch has been hired to replace Rob Ftorek as new Otters Coach

The Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League have relieved Robbie Ftorek from his role as head coach of the club

Ftorek was in his sixth season as head coach at Erie, he took over in October of 2007 from Peter Sidorkiewicz after the Attack had swept the Otters in a doubleheader at the Harry Lumley-Bayshore Community Centre.

The Otters best season under Ftorek was a 40-win campaign in 2010-2011, the year in which the Attack won the Robertson Cup and the OHL Championship

In late February of that season, the Attack dropped a 6-2 decision at the Tuillio Arena to the Otters and the Attack firmly believed that Erie might be the toughest opponent they'd face come the playoffs that year.

However, in the first round of the playoffs, the Otters after winning the opening game of their series with Windsor, lost the series in seven games

Ftorek played in the 1972 Olympic Games for the United States and enjoyed a successful playing career in both the WHA and the NHL.

He also coached in the NHL at Los Angeles, Boston and New Jersey.

The Otters were said to be interested in a coaching candidate who is connected to European hockey, but announced this morning that Kris Knoblauch has accepted in principle the position as head coach of the Otters

Knoblauch is best remembered as the coach of the Kootenay Ice who competed with the Attack, St Mike's & St John at the 2011 Mastercard Memorial Cup in Mississauga.

The Otters like the Attack are on a Northern road swing this weekend

Knoblauch will join the club in time for Friday’s game at Sault Ste. Marie against the Greyhounds.

Peter Sidorkiewicz will remain with the Otters as assistant coach.



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