The winner of almost 700 games behind the bench of the Wellington Dukes has resigned from the team effective immediately.
Head coach/GM Marty Abrams has left the club after coaching 16 of the past 18 seasons in the County. He took over for Bob Thompson before the 1999-00 season and coached the Dukes for four seasons until 2003. During this time period, Wellington won two division titles and clinched Buckland Cup and Dudley Hewitt Cup championships in 2003. He also made a semi-final appearance with the Dukes at the RBC Cup National Championship in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island the same year.
Following a two-year stint with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League, Abrams returned to the Dukes in 2005. In the last 12 seasons, Abrams and the Dukes won five more division titles, another Buckland Cup and Dudley Hewitt Cup in 2011, made another stop at the RBC Cup in 2011 and made a third appearance at the Dudley Hewitt Cup in 2014 when it was held in Wellington.
Over the course of his career in Wellington, Abrams has coached over 1,000 games, winning 693 of them. He also was chosen to represent Canada six times for international events as a coach.
In a press release Tuesday, an emotional Abrams said the Dukes was the team that “represents where I crafted my coaching career” and that “will always hold a special place in my heart.” Abrams then went on to thank the late Garry Lavender, who was a “tremendous supporter” of him coming up through the coaching ranks, as well as current Dukes owner Michael Mulvihill.
The Wellington Dukes organization would like to wish Marty Abrams success in his future endeavours.
Stay tuned for an update on Abrams’ future in the coming hours.