Kevin Walker has been ousted as head coach of the Iroquois Falls Storm of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League. The Storm won its first three games of this season but has since lost five straight, with four of the setbacks with Walker at the helm.
Tom Nickolau, who is the owner and president of the Storm, responded to a request from Hockey News North for confirmation on the firing of Walker with the following message.
“Kevin Walker was relieved of his head coaching duties (on September 29.) The Iroquois Falls Storm Jr. A Hockey Club has decided to go in a different direction. I will be going back on the bench on an interim basis until a new coach is named. We wish Kevin much success in his future hockey endeavours.”
Walker did not respond to Hockey News North when asked about his dismissal. He was in his first season as an NOJHL bench boss after being the head coach and general manager of the Red Lake Miners of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League in 2022-2023. Prior to that, Walker was the head coach of the Timmins Majors of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League.
As for the Storm, as owner of the franchise, Nickolau moved the Cochrane Crunch to Iroquois Falls ahead of the current 2023-2024 season.