The Nelson Leafs have hired a new coach.

Leafs hire new bench boss

Surrey's David McLellan will be the hockey squad's new general manager and head coach for the 2014/2015 season.

The Nelson Leafs have a new coach.

Today, the Nelson Leafs Hockey Society announced the hiring of David McLellan, of Surrey, as the new general manager and head coach for the 2014/2015 season.

McLellan brings to the club many years of experience, coaching in the BCHL, PIJHL and overseas.

McLellan is a former coach of the Burnaby Express (BCHL) and the Delta Ice Hawks (PIJHL). He is expected to arrive in Nelson in the next 10 days. He is currently out of the country and could not be reached for comment.

According to Leafs marketing and PR director Michelle MacLean, the organization is excited about the new hiring.

“The board and I are pleased that this was able to be finalized so quickly so that we can get back on track for preparations for a great season of hockey.”

The hiring became necessary after head coach Matt Hughes, who was hired by the Leafs in May, resigned without coaching a single game.

Hughes resigned to pursue further career opportunities with Pursuit of Excellence (Hockey Academy) in the Okanagan.

Hughes was hired to replace Frank Maida, who resigned at the end of the season due to family and work commitments. Maida served as head coach for three years and assistant coach for five.

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