The Boston Blades and former head coach, Casey Brugman, have parted ways following a tumultuous start to the 2017-18 season which saw the Blades winless through the first 15 games of the season. Replacing Brugman behind the bench as the team’s new head coach will be Kacy Ambroz, who recently helped lead the Blades to the team’s first win this past weekend.
“I first would like to thank Casey for his time spent with the Boston Blades and wish him the best in his future endeavors,” stated Boston Blades general manager Jessica Martino. “At the same time, we are very excited to introduce Kacy as our new head coach and I have the utmost confidence that she’ll bring the program in the direction that we need to go.”
Ambroz spoke of what this new opportunity means for her.
“My excitement level is very high. I’m honored to get the opportunity to be the head coach of the Boston Blades and as far as the direction I want to take them, we’ve talked a lot about team culture and becoming the hardest working and most disciplined team in the league. That’s the direction I want to take the girls.”
Ambroz’s hockey experience as a player at the collegiate level was with the University of Minnesota Duluth. She has also played internationally in the Czech Republic and in Switzerland as a pro. She was also part of the Minnesota Whitecaps organization where she played teams both in the CWHL and NWHL, as well as various college level teams.
She has previously coached Triple A teams for the past six years, also working with several youth programs in guiding U15 and U12 girls teams.
Martino added on why she believes Ambroz was a good choice for the position to be filled midseason.
“We have a similar idea of what our team should look like as far as team culture, discipline on the team, what we want out of our players and organization as a whole, where we want the organization to go. I think Kacy has the full skill set to do the job,” Martino said. “She’ll demand the values and work ethic from the players and the rest of the staff that is needed to bring this organization to where we need to go in the end.”