The Tri-City Americans were going to have a new head coach, we knew that.

Who it will be, we will find out Saturday. But first.

What Led to Coaching Change?

Less than a month ago, the team announced that Head Coach Kelly Buchberger would not be returning to the team for the 2021-22 season.

Buchberger's teams went 58-70-9-3, including a 7-12 mark during the COVID-reduced season this spring. The team 'lost' 5 games (not played) due to a virus lock-down, per WHL and CHL protocol. Including this year, he coached the Americans for 3 seasons. His best was his first year when the team went 34-26-5-1 and lost in the 1st round of the WHL Playoffs. The numbers are wins, losses, overtime losses, shootout losses.

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Buchberger, a former long-time respected NHL standout, has already secured another coaching job, He will be an assistant on the Montreal Canadiens AHL farm team, the Laval Rocket, that was announced less than ten days after the Am's word he would not be returning.

Now the Americans will be making a big coaching staff announcement on Saturday August 7 at 1 PM at the Toyota Center. We will keep you updated on our Facebook page and here, as to what transpires. Lots of rumors, but we will not add to them.

The Americans are inviting a limited number of fans to attend the event, obviously space and other considerations coming into play. They released the following statement Friday:

"The Americans will announce their coaching staff for the upcoming season this Saturday at the Toyota Center. Join us for this exciting moment as we begin a new chapter in team history. The event starts at 1:00 PM, doors open at 12:30 PM. All fans are invited to attend.
 RSVP to the event on Facebook here."

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