Ed Harding relieved from his duties

Press Release

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 fourniern@students.nescom.edu.)

4 Responses to “Ed Harding relieved from his duties”

  1. Irishwasherwoman Says:

    This was a good move and I’m glad they did it now. I always felt that there was too much negativity on the team, which was consistently reflected in the coach’s comments. I think management got it right when they said that the kids weren’t having any fun. Neither were the fans! Let’s rally around the team and put our best foot forward!

  2. do you see that fans a smile on my face, look forward to don macadam taken over, hope he can turn this team around they are a great bunch of kids and need to have fun but the also need to win. let’s go maineiacs

  3. English tip Says:

    Hey man, it is “would have,” not “would of”

  4. Norm Dubois Says:

    This is a necessary change made just before it might have been too late. Why wait until THE END of the season? There is still a chance to make the playoffs this year. It seems lioke the players couldn’t even learn DISCIPLINE . They seem to play in a non-chalant way which leads to too many penalties and in turn many goals against. There certainly must not have been any language barrier as the word DISCIPLINE is spelled the same way in French or English. We have seen the change made on the team, so let’s change our negative attitudes and be positive and supportive for the remainder of the season. Let’s go MAINEiacs. Have fun, play hard and set your sights on the playoffs. GO, GO, MAINEiacs.

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