Bruins owners: Coaches rumors not true

Published 10:21 am Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Austin Bruins went through a little drama before their NAHL Central Finals series against the Minot Minotauros even began.

With a five-game series that has a trip to the Robertson Cup on the line, a rumor about the the future of the team’s coaching staff popped up on Twitter. Andy Johnson, a USHL scout for the Waterloo Black Hawks and NAHL scout for the Coulee Region Chill, tweeted “Very disappointing news… I’m told Austin Bruins [NAHL] will not bring back head coach Chris Tok or assistant Jamie Huffman next season.”



The rumor picked up steam throughout the day, but the Bruins were quick to squash it. Bruins owner Craig Patrick denied the rumor and the Bruins put up a tweet Wednesday denying their coaches had been fired.

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“There’s no changes,” Patrick said in a phone interview. “Nothing’s happening.”

Austin head coach Chris Tok said his job is not in jeopardy with the Bruins.

“I’ve been told I have this job until I decide to leave,” Tok said. “We’ve got the rest of the season and we’re invested in competing for the Robertson Cup.”

The Bruins swept Aberdeen in the NAHL Central Finals and their series against Minot begins 7:05 p.m. this Friday and Saturday in Riverside Arena.

Tok has been the only coach the Bruins have had in franchise history and  he has led the Bruins to the playoffs in four of the team’s five seasons.