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San Diego Gulls Fire Head Coach, 2 Assistants After ‘Tough Year’ on Ice

Joel Bouchard
Coach Joel Bouchard. Courtesy of San Diego Gulls

The San Diego Seagulls fired coach Joel Bouchard and assistant coaches Daniel Jacob and Max Talbot on Wednesday, six days after his solitary season as head coach of the American Hockey League team when he finished in a first-round playoff series.

Bouchard coached the Gulls with a 28-33-4-3 record in the 2021-22 season, their only loss record in their seven seasons in the AHL, finishing seventh in the Pacific Division with nine teams.

The Seagulls lost the best of three Calder Cup playoff series to Ontario Reign, two games against none, losing 2-2, in overtime last Thursday.

Jacob and Talbot were also with the Gulls for one season.

“This has been a difficult year for everyone and we think we need a clean slate in San Diego,” said Pat Verbeek, general manager of the Anaheim Ducks, the Gulls’ NHL parent team. “These are extremely difficult decisions, but we are committed to returning to our victories in San Diego for our big fans.”

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