Oulahen sees interim title dropped from Battalion head coaching duties
The Ontario Hockey League will play a 64-game schedule starting December 1. (Supplied by the Ontario Hockey League)
The North Bay Battalion has removed the interim tag from Head Coach Ryan Oulahen’s title.
Oulahen has served as the interim bench boss since December 10, 2019, when the team moved Stan Butler, the only other coach the franchise has known, to special advisor to the owner.
“I am very impressed with the job Ryan has done and very happy with the progress this young roster has made under his guidance on the bench,” said Scott Abbott, the owner of the Battalion. “I am happy to tell you that we have reached an agreement on a contract that will see him serves as the head coach of the North Bay Battalion for a three-year term.”
“I am extremely thrilled, excited, and honoured to be the head coach,” Oulahen said. “This is something I have been working for, for a very long time and I couldn’t be more excited. I would like to thank Mr. Abbott for this opportunity for really being with me for the last 19 years.”
“I have been ingrained in this organization since 2001 when I was first drafted as a 16-year-old,” he continued. “Since that day, I have been a Battalion through and through.”
When Oulahen took over the team, their record then was 5-23, and with him behind the bench, the team went 12-18-4 and was threatening for the eighth and final playoff position in the Eastern Conference before the season was cut short due to COVID-19.