Friday, 24 May 2013

Hurricanes Cut Ties With Associate Coach Kabayama

The Lethbridge Hurricanes announced today Associate Coach Matt Kabayama will not return next season.

The announcement of Kabayama is the most recent in a number of off-season changes that have taken place. In March, the team announced General Manager/Head Coach Rich Preston was relieved of his duties as the team decided to move in a different direction.

Kabayama was an Assistant Coach with the Hurricanes for three seasons before being promoted to the position of Associate Coach in the summer of 2009. The product of Foremost, AB played his junior hockey with the Medicine Hat Tigers and spent nearly 11 years in the Japanese Pro League as a player/coach before signing with the Hurricanes as an Assistant Coach in 2006. In 2008-09, he won his first WHL games as a Head Coach notching a 2-2-1-0 record while stepping in due to a coach’s suspension.

Lethbridge Hurricanes General Manager Brad Robson thanks Kabayama for his tireless work and commitment to the Hurricanes both on and off the ice and wishes him the best in his future endeavors.

There is no immediate word on the future of Assistant/Goalie Coach Chris Chisamore.

(Esther Madziya, Hurricanes Media Relations)



  1. Nothing against Matt personally, but this was probably a good move. I wish him luck in his future endeavors but the Canes need a clean sweep to start over.


  2. It doesn't specify if it was Kabayama's decision or the clubs, but either way, both sides needed a new start.

    Poke Check

  3. Likely mutual.

    Dump'n Chase

  4. For the record, the post May 27 at 15:42 was not Fred Jack.

    Fred Jack