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Ice hockey: Flintshire Freeze coach Karl Creamer heading for EPL side Telford Tigers

FLINTSHIRE Freeze are searching for a new head coach to replace Karl Creamer who has left the club to become assistant coach at English Premier League side Telford Tigers.

The move will be a step up two levels for Creamer and is also closer to his home in Ludlow.

Creamer told Freeze team manager Bruce Morton of his decision a few weeks ago and the club has been working to appoint a replacement. They are also looking for a new assistant coach as Phil Kennedy is also leaving the club.

Flintshire County Council ice hockey co-ordinator Ian Taylor said: “With the obvious step up in standard and the fact it is closer to his home, we understand Karl’s decision and would like to thank him for his hard work this season.”

Before the 2011-12 campaign Creamer set the Freeze a target of finishing second and reaching the promotion play-offs to try to earn a return to North One.

While they were unsuccessful in that aim, he brought through talented younger players and surrounded them with experience which will give his successor a good foundation.

Morton said: “During the last few seasons we have struggled to find consistency in our head coach position.

“We have been working hard over the last couple of weeks and plan to announce Karl’s replacement as soon as possible.

“We have also been looking at the assistant coach role as Phil Kennedy has decided to take some time out after coaching both the first team and juniors this season. The club would like to give Phil a massive thank you for all that he’s done for the club over the last few years.”

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