Ed Harding relieved from his duties
Lewiston, ME – The Lewiston MAINEiacs have relieved Head Coach & General Manager Ed Harding of his duties effective immediately. Lewiston MAINEiacs owner & CEO Mark Just arrived this afternoon to make the announcement.
I was surprised and not surprised at the same time.
I am surprised that Mr. Just made the move right now. If there was a coaching change, it would of came after the season was over. I thought he would give Harding a chance to show that this team could compete. This team has competed the last ten games. They only have lost by three goals once in that span. It has been either an one or two goals.
Maybe Mr. Just wanted to see some moves at the deadline? Yes, Samuel Finn is a nice addition but I thought another move would of been made for the future. Last year Harding should of made some moves. I think how much Jonathan Bernier, Stefano Giliati, or Stefan Chaput could of brought to the team. If Eric Castonguay or David Perron were here, it would of been a different story.
Harding did lay a foundation for the team with the selection of Garrett Clarke, Michael Chaput, and Etienne Brodeur. Zach Phillips the second round pick, by all accounts will be top six forward if he decides to come to the QMJHL. Zach Shannon the team’s third round pick will be a solid defenseman. Travis Moore, the fourth round selection, has 12 goals and 17 assists in 34 games with the Truro Bearcats of the Maritime Junior A Hockey League.
Eric Gelinas will be here for another two seasons. He will be participating in the in the CHL Top Prospects games on Wednesday. The game will be at 7pm and can be seen on the NHL Network. As mentioned above, Sam Finn will also be here for the next two years.
As the team goes forward this season, it should build a foundation for next season. As long as they brining 110% night in and night out that’s all you can ask for.
That’s My Take
(Nathan also started “The World of Junior Hockey Blog” and is a contributor to the Maine Hockey Journal. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org.)