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Canes won’t renew Daniels’ contract with Checkers

Jeff Daniels had served as the Charlotte Checkers’ American Hockey League head coach for the past seven seasons and had had a 268-225-51 record with the Carolina Hurricanes’ affiliate.
Jeff Daniels had served as the Charlotte Checkers’ American Hockey League head coach for the past seven seasons and had had a 268-225-51 record with the Carolina Hurricanes’ affiliate. Getty Images

The Carolina Hurricanes announced Thursday the contract of Charlotte Checkers coach Jeff Daniels will not be renewed for the 2015-16 season.

Daniels had served as the franchise’s American Hockey League head coach for the past seven seasons and had had a 268-225-51 record with the Canes’ affiliate.

“We appreciate the years of service and hard work that Jeff provided for our organization,” Canes general manager Ron Francis said in a statement. “His contract expires at the end of June, and we will now begin the process of finding a new head coach for the Checkers.”

Daniels guided the Checkers to the Eastern Conference Final in 2010-11, the deepest Calder Cup Playoff run for the franchise’s AHL affiliate since the 1996-97 Springfield Falcons.

Charlotte failed to qualify for the playoffs in 2014-15, going 31-38-6-1 to finish 13th in the Western Conference.

Before becoming a head coach on the AHL level, Daniels spent four seasons with the Hurricanes as an assistant coach, helping win the Stanley Cup in 2006.

As a player, Daniels appeared in 425 career NHL regular-season games, winning a Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1992 and helping Carolina reach the Stanley Cup final in 2002.

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