Norfolk Admirals fire head coach Rod Aldoff

After a rough start to their ECHL season, the Norfolk Admirals fired Rod Aldoff as their head coach. Former NHL veteran, Robbie Ftorek will take over.

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- The Norfolk Admirals have fired head coach Rod Aldoff, and replaced him with Robbie Ftorek. 

"The Admirals appreciate Rod's contributions to the organization and are committed to assisting him and his family with this transition. We look forward to Robbie joining the staff as the team's new head coach," the Admirals said in a brief press release.

No reason for Aldoff's dismissal was given, but the move comes months after the Admirals were sold to Ardon Wiener and Michael Gargy, who promised to bring long-term change to the struggling franchise. 

"We're bringing a young energy. Open to new ideas. We want this to work. We're hungry. This is our first sports team and we really want this to be successful," Gargy told 13News Now back in October.

The Admirals have struggled in recent years and the start of the new season has been no different, with team finding themselves in last place of the ECHL South division, having won only two of its first 17 games.

It was Aldoff's first season as the Admirals head coach, having been hired over summer, before the new ownership took over.

Ftorek, a former NHL player and a member of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame, was most recently an assistant coach for the AHL's Abbostford Heat in the 2013-14 season.


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