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Chiefs fire head coach Hardy Sauter

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Hardy Sauter leaves the Chiefs with a career record of 90-45-3-3 (Photo: File / SWX) Hardy Sauter leaves the Chiefs with a career record of 90-45-3-3 (Photo: File / SWX)

SPOKANE, Wash. - Hardy Sauter will no longer be the head coach of the Spokane Chiefs, the team's general manager Tim Speltz said Tuesday afternoon.

Speltz said the decision was made not to exercise the second-year skipper's option for a third year.

"The decision to make a coaching change at this time was very difficult," Speltz said in a news release. "Hardy is a great person and cares deeply about his players.  At the same time, I feel strongly that we need to make a change moving forward. Hardy was a big part of our Memorial Cup Championship team and we wish him all the best in the future."

Sauter joined the Chiefs as an assistant coach for the 2007-08 season – the year the team won the Memorial Cup. Bill Peters, the head coach at that time, left to take a position with the Chicago Blackhawks and Sauter was promoted to the position before the 2008-09 season. He signed a two-year deal with a third year being the team's option.

In two seasons with the Chiefs, Sauter finished with a record of 90-45-3-3.

Speltz said he would begin the search for a new head coach immediately.

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