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Bill Warren leaves Falcons May 11, 2012 7:28 AM

Less than a week after finishing an incredible season, the Port Huron Fighting Falcons are looking for a new coach.

NAHL Coach of the year Bill Warren stepped down Thursday after being replaced as general manager, a move that suprised him and the entire junior hockey world.

Steve Shannon has been hired to replace Warren as General Manager. Shannon has experience at many levels of hockey, including a stint as coach of the Motor City Mechanics of the United Hockey League. While with Motor City, Shannon was suspended for the season for allegedly putting a bounty on Flint Generals forward Kevin Kerr during the 2004-05 season. Shannon denies those allegations.

Most recently Shannon was Head Coach and General Manager of the defunct Detroit Dragons, a team that folded less than three months into its first season. Reasons used to fold the team at the time was lack of fan and sponsor support. The Dragons played in the same building as the Mechanics of the UHL did.

Although Shannon has experience at the minor pro level coaching and a brief stint as a GM, TJHN has been unable to find any experience in junior hockey that would shead light on why the move was made.

Warren took over a team that had won one game midway through its inaugural season, and finished with six wins. He and his staff put together a team that went 38-19-3 this past season, winning the North Division regular-season and playoff titles. They qualified for the Robertson Cup National Championship Tournament, going 1-2.

There is no question Warren will coach again, and no question he will be a hot commodity this off season. The question everyone is asking; How did this happen?

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