UPDATE: Spitfires Former GM Gets New Job

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Former Spitfires General Manager Warren Rychel is taking the Head Coaching Job in Barrie.

The OHL club announced Monday that Rychel has been brought in to take over as head coach.

"With Dale Hawerchuk taking a leave from behind the bench, we felt we needed to bring in a seasoned hockey veteran to help lead the team this year. We consulted with many people, including Dale Hawerchuk, and we all agreed that Warren is the right man for the job," said Colts president Howie Campbell.

Rychel tells AM800 Sports he is honoured to be taking over for Hawerchuck.

"Everyone in the hockey world knows Dale Hawerchuck and he's going through a hard time right now and not only the people of Barrie are concerned with it but everyone in the hockey world. He's a heck of a coach and not to mention an NHL Hall of Fame player so, for me coming in it's going to be a smooth transition because these kids have been coached really well."

According to Campbell, it has been a very difficult couple of weeks, but they are confident that Rychel can help guide them to where they need to be.

"We've been building this team for a while and we feel we have the team to have a good run this year," said Campbell.

Rychel announced on July 11 that he was selling his minority interest in the Windsor Spitfires and stepping down as general manager, with an eye on getting a job in the National Hockey League — instead, he will stay in the Ontario Hockey League. 

"Although I'm thrilled to be joining the Colts, this is not the best circumstance for anyone. I have huge respect for Dale Hawerchuk and first and foremost my thoughts are with him and his family. I've known Howie and the Colts organization for many years and I know this is a top notch OHL team. I'll do my best to work with the organization and the players to bring home a great season," said Rychel. 

The 52-year-old Rychel was an owner and the GM of the Windsor Spitfires from 2006 until 2019.

He says he's not expecting any major differences compared to Windsor.

"It's Eastern Conference and we play a lot of different teams," says Rychel. "All in all, it's the same league with the same age players that have to play against each other every day, so there are some similarities and there are some differences obviously but all in all in the hockey world, everything is kind of the same."

Under his leadership, the team won two OHL Championships, in 2009 and 2010, and 3 Memorial Cup Championships in 2009, 2010 and 2017. He was named the OHL Executive of the year in 2009. 

As a player, he played in the NHL from 1987 to 1999 and won a Stanley Cup with Colorado in 1996.

Rychel and the Barrie Colts will be in Windsor on Saturday, October 5, 2019. 

Game time is 7:05 p.m. at the WFCU Centre. 

Barrie Colts Hire Warren Rychel as Head Coach

Barrie, ON– The OHL Barrie Colts announced today that Warren Rychel has been brought in to take over as Head Coach.

“With Dale Hawerchuk taking a leave from behind the bench, we felt we needed to bring in a seasoned hockey veteran to help lead the team this year. We consulted with many people, including Dale Hawerchuk, and we all agreed that Warren is the right man for the job”, said Howie Campbell, President of the Colts. “It’s been a very difficult couple of weeks, but we are confident that Warren can help guide us to where we need to be. We’ve been building this team for awhile and we feel we have the team to have a good run this year”, he added.

Warren Rychel brings many years of experience to the table for the Colts. Mr. Rychel was an owner and the GM of the Windsor Spitfires from 2006 until 2019. Under his leadership, the team won 2 OHL Championships, in 2009 and 2010, and 3 Memorial Cup Championships in 2009, 2010 and 2017. He was named the OHL Executive of the year in 2009. As a player, he played in the NHL from 1987 to 1999 and won a Stanley Cup with Colorado in 1996.

“Although I’m thrilled to be joining the Colts, this is not the best circumstance for anyone. I have huge respect for Dale Hawerchuk and first and foremost my thoughts are with him and his family. I’ve known Howie and the Colts organization for many years and I know this is a top notch OHL team. I’ll do my best to work with the organization and the players to bring home a great season. I couldn’t ask for a better coaching staff to be stepping into with Todd Miller, Billy Smith and Taylor Carnevale. And I have worked with GM Jason Ford and with Marty Williamson in the past. As a group, I think we have some of the best minds and experience in the league. I’m excited to get started”, said Warren Rychel.

The OHL Barrie Colts are set to start their 25th season with the Home Opener on September 21st.