In the middle of his 22nd season with the franchise, Stan Butler will have a new role with the North Bay Battalion.
Butler, the longest-serving coach in the Ontario Hockey League, has been reassigned to a special adviser role by the team.
Ryan Oulahen, who was previously the head coach of the Flint Firebirds until stepping down in October 2018, will take over as interim head coach. Adam Dennis will become the team’s general manager.
Butler, 63, is the only head coach in Battalion history, joining the club when they came into the OHL as an expansion team in 1998, known at the time as the Brampton Battalion.
Butler posted a 667-723-61 record with the Battalion and led the team to the OHL Final twice.
He also has coached Canada twice at the world junior championship.
The Battalion are off to one of their worst starts in team history and currently sit in the OHL basement with a 5-23-0 record.