Maine Hockey Journal

MacAdam and Dumont fired after Maineiacs lose 14 straight games

After losing 14 straight games, changes were in order for the Lewiston Maineiacs.

Earlier today, the Maineiacs announced that head coach Don MacAdam and assistant coach Jamie Dumont have been relieved of their duties with the club, effective immediately.

Former Maineiacs assistant coach Jeff Guay will return to the team on an interim basis as head coach. Team scout Tim Schurman will assist him in coaching duties.

“Obviously, the team was not doing well after their great start and Mr. (Mark) Just felt he needed to make a change,” said Lewiston Maineiacs’ General Manager Roger Shannon. Anytime in sports, coaches are let go, there are always questions; however, the owner simply wanted to make positive steps.”

MacAdam assumed the role of head coach last January. During the off-season he was also given the role of team president and presided over all affairs in the front office. In 22 games with the Maineiacs last season, MacAdam compiled an 8-14 record and earned the final playoff spot in the 2009 playoffs. The team was 10-21-0-1 under MacAdam this season.

MacAdam didn’t feel like he was on the hot seat the last few weeks.

“Being a coach you don’t worry what someone else thinks,” Don MacAdam said Thursday night. “Your focus is on your team and your players. I didn’t feel anymore pressure the last couple of weeks.”

MacAdam didn’t have a chance to talk to the players after his meeting with majority owner Mark Just.

Shannon hopes the change will loosen up the locker-room.

“It goes without saying the mood is somber in any dressing room when you lose 14 games in a row after a start like that,” he added. “I am sure lots of guys are or at least I hope they are looking inward.”

Dumont came in this summer to replace assistant coach Jeff Guay who took a leave of absence from the team.

Guay’s absence only lasted six months as he takes over the head coaching duties on an interim basis. Although nothing is set in stone, this could be Guay’s opportunity to return to the team full-time.

“I think Jeff will always be a Maineiac in some capacity,” Shannon said.

MacAdam was also relieved of his duties as Team President as Jim Cain will join the club as Executive Vice President of Club Operations. Cain is the owner of Firland Management, which owns and operates the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.

NOTES: The Maineiacs confirmed their plans to put in a bid to host the 2011 QMJHL Entry Draft and will put a bid in for the 2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup.

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