Aldoff won’t return to Ice Flyers next season

Rod Aldoff is no longer the head coach of the Pensacola Ice Flyers.

Aldoff opted not to sign a contract for another season as he looks to pursue other opportunities. He coached the team for three seasons, winning two SPHL championships along the way, and was brought back on in February when Kevin Hasselberg was let go.

He was coaching the Norfolk Admirals of the ECHL when the 2016-17 season began but was let go when ownership changed hands. The Edmonton Oilers – Norfolk is its ECHL affiliate — kept Aldoff on board in a scouting a capacity and he was in that role when Pensacola brought him back.

Aldoff led the Ice Flyers to the playoffs last season where they swept Fayetteville before falling to Macon in the semifinal round of the playoffs.

“We thank Rod for finishing off last season behind the bench and leading to the semifinals,” Ice Flyers owner Greg Harris said in a press release. “We all wish him great success and the best of luck in his future endeavors.”

Harris was already busy planning for the possibility that Aldoff would not return prior to the announcement being made and hopes to name a new head coach next week.

“”After I heard from Rod, I reached out to some potential coaches I know and we’ve had some great conversations,” Harris said. “Should everything fall into place, I’ll be looking to announce a new head coach next week.”

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