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Chilliwack Chiefs announce new head coach and GM for 2014-15

On Thursday the Chilliwack Chiefs announced Jason Tatarnic as the teams new GM and head coach to replace Harvey Smyl. - Submitted
On Thursday the Chilliwack Chiefs announced Jason Tatarnic as the teams new GM and head coach to replace Harvey Smyl.
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The Chilliwack Chiefs announced Jason Tatarnic as the new general manager and head coach to replace the outgoing Harvey Smyl on Thursday.

Tatarnic, 41, comes from the east coast where he coached the Woodstock Slammers of the Maritime Junior A Hockey League.

The introduction of Tatarnic behind the bench represents the end of an era, as Smyl left the team after 21 years as coach.

Chiefs President Glen Ringdal said the team had a large pool of potential coaches to choose from.

“We were overwhelmed with the number and quality of candidates that applied for the position," he said. "And we are really pleased to announce Jason’s hiring today.”

Prior to coaching, Tatarnic played three years with Brock University, one season in the Netherlands with the Amsterdam Tigers, one with the Hull Thunder, one with the Port Huron Border Cats, one with the Fayetteville Force and one with the Macon Whoopee.

The Chiefs recently extended the deadline for reduced season ticket prices until Smyl's replacement was announced.

The deadline for reduced-price 25th anniversary season tickets is now April 14. New and renewing fans are still encouraged to purchase their season tickets at the special prices of $199 or less for adults and just $99 for all youth as soon as possible to have best seat selection.

Chiefs Spring Camp takes place at Prospera Centre April 11 to 13.

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