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Screaming Eagles Fire GM October 16, 2012 7:39 AM

The Cape Breton Screaming Eagles have fired general manager Pierre Roux, the team announced on Monday night.

Roux, of Victoriaville, Que., was hired as general manager of hockey operations in May of 2011 and replaced outgoing general manager Mario Durocher. He served as Durocher’s assistant general manager for two seasons prior to getting the general manager’s job.

“As an organization we did not feel that we had made enough headway at this stage in our rebuilding process,” said Screaming Eagles president Andre Cote in a release. “We were not seeing enough progress in the hockey program, and for that reason we decided to make the change.

“We remain committed to providing our fans with the brand of competitive Eagles hockey they deserve,” added Cote. “This was a major decision, but we feel it is in the best interest of our hockey club.”

Cote could not be reached for comment.

Roux said he was informed of the decision by Cote on Monday afternoon. The Screaming Eagles have a record of 2-6-1-2 in their first 11 games. They sit 15th in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and sixth in the Maritime Division.

“You can talk about all the negative situations with the Screaming Eagles since the season started,” said Roux. “I had my plan and my plan was to rebuild this team with some good picks and also use these picks to draft some good players. I think the team is on the right track at this time.

“We made a big trade at Christmastime with Morgan Ellis (to Shawinigan) and I’m happy because we received players like Bronson Beaton, Justin Haché and a second round pick we used to draft Zachary Moody. I think Moody, Beaton and Haché for Ellis will be a good trade for the future of the organization for sure.”

Roux also mentioned his decision to release Brad Cuzner to allow players like Kyle Farrell to develop, the drafting of Clark Bishop and the emergence of overage forward Alex Lavoie as a top scorer in the league. But the club had its hardships in player personnel this season. They cut forward Adam Veliky, selected with the seventh overall selection in this summer’s Canadian Hockey League Import Draft. Last week, 2011 first-round pick Jean-Simon Deslauriers left the team, while 2011 second rounder, Jacob Arsenault, decided not report to training camp and returned home to play high school hockey instead.

In the end, Roux was happy with what he did in Cape Breton.

“You have to be patient with the young players and it’s not easy to play as a 16-year-old or 17-year-old in the league,” he said. “If you have a plan, you have to respect that. I don’t know if the organization decided to go the other way or keep it the same way, but it’s not my decision. It’ll be the decision of the new management. For me, I’m very comfortable with the draft picks I made, the trades I made last season at Christmastime and it is what it is.”

One disappointment Roux did have in his time with the team was his belief that the fans and the community didn’t accept the fact the team was managed by “a guy from Quebec.”

“That’s the only thing because the Screaming Eagles is a great organization, I love the community and love the fans, but sometimes, it’s easy with Facebook and Twitter to put a lot of negative comments about that and don’t understand why the guy manages the team that came from Quebec,” he said. “I don’t have to explain the job of a GM to all the people in the community, but it was a big part of the problem I think.”

Roux said he’s going to take a couple of weeks to decide what he’s going to do from here, but he’ll be keeping a close eye on the team and wished the players the best.

Screaming Eagles head coach Ron Choules will take over the general manager duties on an interim basis.

By TJ Colelo

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