In an effort to get the Integrity Amherstburg Admirals back to their winning ways in the 2017/18 season, the team has announced that effective immediately, Wes Ewer has stepped down as the team’s general manager and has named head coach Paul Bortignon as his successor. “I think it is an important shift of roles for our organization,” said Ewer. “This will allow me to focus more on the business side of the Admirals and give Paul more autonomy as far as the players go,” he added. The move comes after the Admirals were swept by the Essex 73’s in the PJHL Stobbs Division semi-final series. “If you are not looking at all aspects of operation to improve (including your own role) then you are doing a disservice to the players, coaches and fans”, Ewer said. “This is a pivotal year for the team. I believe we underachieved last season and I think a fresh approach to managing the players will spark the improvement we are looking for this season.” The Admirals went 26-14 last season, good for a 3rd place finish for the second year in a row. Asked what he thinks will be different this season, Head Coach and General Manager Paul Bortignon had this to say. “I believe the biggest difference will be the style and structure that we bring to the rink. We have been a run and gun team for 3 years and although we have achieved some success, we have not got to the mountain top yet. We will be a team that gets faster and a team that gets better defensive efforts at both the forward and defense positions. We will fill the team with guys who fit these tactics”. The Admirals are evaluating all aspects of the team and expect some more moves to be made from a personnel and management perspective. “We aren’t done yet”, added Bortignon. The team is well into the off-season now and the planning has already begun. No date and time for the Spring Mini Camp have been announced yet but any players interested in trying out for the team are welcome to fill out a recruitment form on the teams website and send directly to Paul Bortignon. The team expects some additional announcements in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!
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