ROANOKE, Va. – After a sluggish start to the 2017 season, the Rail Yard Dawgs are looking to turn things around sooner rather than later. Hence their decision to go in a different direction with a new head coach, Dan Bremner.
The new top Dawg arrived in the star city Monday night and held his first practice Tuesday morning. Bremner was a forward who spent six years in the SPHL with Knoxville, Columbus and Peoria, playing 281 games totaling 48 goals and 79 assists. Establishing a team identity is important and Bremner wants his team to have speed, physicality and passion.
"The biggest thing I got throughout, the biggest theme was setting standards, setting expectations and then holding to them and making them very clear," Bremner said.
"The communication is big and that's what I'm trying to do with these guys right now ...I'm laying out what I expect an SPHL team to be, what I expect my hockey team to be and what my identity is going to be. And I'm going to hold them to those expectations."
The Dawgs currently have a record of 5-11-2 and are ninth in the league standings. They will hit the ice Friday on the road in Evansville.