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Illness keeps Jones from starting the season behind the bench

By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express

The Oshawa Generals have announced that head coach Bob Jones will not be starting the season behind the bench for the team.

In a recently released statement, the team notes that due to “personal reasons” Jones will not be behind the bench when the team opens their season on Sept. 22, but will continue to work behind the scenes and the club hopes is he able to return in the near future.

“Bob will get his health in order and will continue to communicate daily and spend as much time as he can working with our coaching staff and our players,” says Roger Hunt, the team’s general manager and vice president.

In the interim, assistant coaches Greg Nemisz and Nathan McIver will continue behind the bench.

“We are very fortunate to have two great young hockey minds in Greg Nemisz and Nathan McIver to continue the day-to-day coaching duties until Bob is able to return,” Hunt says. “This will aid in keeping the continuity for our players. The message will remain the same and our organization is strong in its beliefs, standards and principles.”

In the same statement, Jones thanked the organization for their support.

“I have utmost confidence we will have a successful season,” he said.

The Oshawa Generals training camp runs this week until Aug. 31, following which, the team will open their preseason against the Kingston Frontenacs on the road.