Cape Cod Islanders owner Dan Hodge is pleased to announce that the team has hired Alex Drulia as its new head coach. Drulia started this season as an assistant with Great Falls Americans in the NA3HL, previously he was the assistant coach for the Dells Ducks program.
“I am very grateful for this opportunity” Drulia said “I am looking forward to this challenge and making the Islanders a playoff contender once again. I know there’s a lot of work to be done and right now we need to be focused on Friday night versus Lewiston.”
Alex Drulia takes over for Barry O’Neil who was relieved of his coaching duties over the weekend. “I have a lot of respect for Barry and the work he put in but in the end our record isn’t where it needs to be.” (at 5-11-1 for 11 pts the Islanders currently occupy 5th place in the Coastal Division) “Coaching is a tough business and it’s never easy to let a guy go at any time. I certainly wish Barry well in all his future endeavors.” Hodge said
Alex Drulia hails form Niagara Falls, Ontario and he certainly has hockey in his blood. His uncle Stan Drulia played in the NHL and is currently on the coaching staff for Milwaukee in the AHL. “I have been very fortunate to learn from some great coaches and I want to apply the things I’ve learned as a player and as a Icoach to the Islanders.” Drulia said
“Alex is a very highly respected coach who has a great future ahead of him. I am certainly looking forward to seeing what heights he’s able to take this team to.”