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Carolina Hurricanes head trainer Pete Friesen to leave the organization

The coaching staff changes continue with a longtime coach leaving the club.

Pete Friesen, shown here at his namesake 5K in 2011, will not return to the organization next season.
Jamie Kellner

On the heels of the Carolina Hurricanes parting ways with goaltending coach David Marcoux, announced on Wednesday, the Canes will also not renew their contract with head athletic trainer and strength & conditioning coach Pete Friesen, a source told Luke DeCock of the News and Observer and later confirmed by GM Ron Francis to the N&O’s Chip Alexander.

Friesen’s tenure with the team went back to 1996-97, the final season in Hartford. With his departure, only three employees remain in the Canes’ hockey operations department who also worked for the Whalers: equipment managers Skip Cunningham and Bob Gorman, and amateur scout Sheldon Ferguson, who left for a few years in the late 2000s before returning.

Friesen issued a cryptic tweet yesterday that in retrospect may have been alluding to today’s news:

He also retweeted Marcoux’s tweet from Wednesday that seemed to be a comment on the goaltending coach’s departure:

At the end of season press conference on Wednesday, Francis and head coach Bill Peters were asked about the relatively healthy season the Canes had just finished. Francis’ answer was mundane at the time, but it’s noteworthy in light of Friesen’s reported departure that he mentioned Bill Burniston, in his first season as a full-time member of the Canes’ training staff, but not Friesen.

There may be more changes to come, as Francis and Peters discuss next year’s coaching staff in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.