Rail Yard Dawgs replaces head coach

Sam Ftorek is out as the head coach, Dan Bremner hired.

ROANOKE – The Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs has fired its head coach and named a replacement.  

Dan Bremner will take over from Sam Ftorek.

Ftorek was hired in April 2016 as the first coach in franchise history.

Over 74 games, the team has a record of 22-41-11.

“On behalf of the McGinn family, the local owners and my staff, I’d like to thank Sam for his efforts in getting our organization off the ground,” said General Manager MickeyGray. “Unfortunately we haven’t yet seen the results we were hoping for and feel that it’s best to take it in a different direction.”

Bremner has spent six years in the Southern Professional Hockey League, playing for the Knoxville Ice Bears, Columbus Cottonmouths and Peoria Rivermen.  

“I’m hugely excited and grateful for this opportunity,” Bremner said. “When something like this comes knocking, you don’t turn it down.”

As a forward, Bremner played in 281 games with 48 goals, 79 assists and 709 penalty minutes.  

He retired at the end of last season and was hired as an assistant coach at Ohio University.

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