ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – The Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies announced on Friday that Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Mike Haviland has resigned, effective immediately, to pursue other endeavors including potential opportunities at higher levels.
“It’s a sad day for our organization to lose someone of Mike’s caliber. However, I have the utmost respect for Mike and this decision. We wish him the best of luck,” said Dan Belisle, Atlantic City Vice President and General Manager. “On a positive note, this organization will move forward and will continue its winning tradition. The process of finding a new coach is well underway, and I already have received interest from several top-notch candidates, including those with National Hockey League experience.”
The 36-year-old Haviland has been behind the bench since the team began playing in Atlantic City in 2001-02 and in 2002-03 led the Boardwalk Bullies to the Kelly Cup Championship. In 2003-04, Atlantic City finished 47-19-6 and set club records for wins (47), road wins (23), points (100), fewest losses (17), fewest goals against (159), lowest goals against average (2.21), and shutouts (10).
“I want to thank Mr. (George) Shinn and Mr. (Sam) Russo for giving me an opportunity to be a head coach three years ago and I want to thank all the fans who made my time in Atlantic City a wonderful experience,” said Haviland. “To win a championship before the fans here was the greatest moment of my life. This is a first class organization that has treated me and my family with tremendous respect and for that I will always be grateful.”