Centre Nick Cousins is sad to see Lambert leave, however, he was practical about the Hounds move to replace him with general manager Dave Torrie.
The Greyhounds officially fired Lambert Tuesday, two days after losing 6 4 to the London Knights at Essar Centre in a game marked by poor effort and low intensity.
say, 'Oh, let's try and make a comeback.' We've got to start right from the beginning."
Beukeboom was slow to answer when asked if players had lost faith in Lambert.
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"He had the biggest heart when it came to hockey. It's coaches like that you never want to see let go. But it happens, unfortunately," said Hounds captain Brock Beukeboom. "He was almost a harder worker than us players. It meant so much for him to be a part of this game. To give back his knowledge to the young guys."
"I guess there was speculation about it, but from a player's standpoint, we had no indication about it happening . It comes as quite a shock."
Cousins said Lambert was probably the hardest working coach he ever played for.
I can't speak for the rest of the players."
Lambert was a players coach who worked tirelessly to prepare the guys for each game, added centre Daniel Catenacci. He said the players bear some responsibility for Lambert's demise.
It was also the struggling team's third straight loss, leaving them with a 14 21 5 record, worst in the 10 team Western Conference. The recent losing streak also trimmed the Hounds chances of making the playoffs.
"I didn't really see this happening. But you know, hockey is a business, right," said Cousins. "So we've just got to deal with it and move forward and try to make the playoffs."
Soo Greyhounds players were surprised and sorry Tuesday to learn head coach Denny Lambert had been fired after nearly three seasons behind the bench.
"At the beginning of the year everyone was excited to play. I think once the losing started to happen and the media got involved, some guys got down on themselves and didn't believe in their team anymore," Catenacci said. "Some things just happen that you don't know how they happen, or how to fix it."
"The whole team's really sad to see Denny and a couple players go. But I think we're excited at the same time to move forward."
"It's hard to say," he said. "I never did. He had my respect and my full attention. Converse Dark Blue
"He came to the rink everyday and worked his ass off. I think that's why guys respect him. It's sad to see him go," he said.
"I think that game against London put us over the edge. I really don't think it's Denny's fault. I think it's the team's fault as a group," Catenacci said after practice Tuesday.
In addition to firing Lambert, the Hounds also traded three veteran players on Monday Brett Thompson, Jake Carrick and Brandon Archibald. In exchange they secured several draft picks and acquired overage defenceman Brent Sullivan from the Windsor Spitfires, and increased their size up front with forwards Michael Kantor from Saginaw and David Broll from Erie.
"It's tough losing a coach. I respect Denny very much. He's taught me a lot in the past year and a half. He did whatever was best for the team. He's a team first guy.
The Hounds have had a disappointing season. They've been plagued by injuries and uneven performances. Lately they have been criticized for not playing with enough heart. Beukeboom said the major problem boils down to effort.
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slow slide toward mediocrity.
Beukeboom said his teammates were surprised to get the news Lambert would be cut loose on Tuesday.
Greyhounds players saddened
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