The Hamilton Bulldogs have named John Gruden their new head coach.
The 45-year-old Virginia, Minnesota native takes over for George Burnett who was fired shortly following the Dogs’ inaugural OHL season in Hamilton.
Troy Smith, who also applied for the job, remains with the team as associate coach and assistant general manager while the status of assistant coach Ron Wilson has not been determined.
Gruden was fired, twice last season, by Flint Firebirds owner Rolf Nilsen for allegedly not giving his son enough playing time.
He was an assistant coach with the U.S. National Team Development Program for four years where he developed some of America’s top young hockey talent, including Buffalo Sabres top pick Jack Eichel and 2016 top NHL Draft prospect Auston Matthews.
Gruden played with Bulldogs President and General Manager Steve Staios in 1995/96 in Providence and Boston.