Regg Simon Terminated In Des Moines

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Regg Simon Terminated in Des Moines

Regg Simon was dismissed as head coach of the Des Moines Buccaneers on Tuesday, and he said the news came as a relief.

Strangely Simon is quoted as saying, “This is one of the happiest days of my life, and I’m glad it happened now rather than later,".

The termination came as no surprise and it is not expected to be the lone termination in the USHL this season.

The Bucs are in danger of missing the U.S. Hockey League playoffs for a fifth consecutive season, and two players recently received misdemeanor assault charges for an alleged fight in the stands with a visiting player.

But Simon said Bucs owner Gil Peled did not give him a reason for his firing Tuesday, saying merely he was “making a change.” The Bucs wouldn’t confirm the firing Tuesday, but are scheduled to issue a news release later today about the situation.

Simon, a Minnesota native, was a Buccaneer player, an assistant to longtime coach Bob Ferguson and, in his first stint as head coach, brought the Bucs their most recent championship, in 2006.

The Bucs are 20-29-4 this season, out of the final playoff spot in the USHL’s Western Conference with seven games remaining. The next four games againsy Sioux City and Cedar Rapids will most likely determine the fate of the Bucs. Failure to win at least three out of the next four will almost certainly mean the Bucs will not play in the post season.

Simon was assisted this year by Graham Johnson, in his first season with the Bucs. There was no word on Johnson’s fate.

 

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