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CORPUS CHRISTI, TX- Corpus Christi IceRays general manager Pat Dunn announced today that the team has decided not to retain head coach Brent Hughes for the 2011-12 NAHL season.  In addition, current assistant coach Justin Quenneville has been named as the team’s interim head coach.

Hughes had coached the IceRays for the past two-plus seasons, since being hired in February of 2009, including the team’s inaugural 2010-11 NAHL campaign.  Previously, he had coached the Central Hockey League’s Austin Ice Bats for six seasons.

Prior to coaching, Hughes enjoyed a 12-year professional playing career which included 357 games at the NHL level spent with the Boston Bruins, Winnipeg Jets, Buffalo Sabres, and New York Islanders.

“We’d like to thank Brent for his service and commitment to hockey here in Corpus Christi,” said Dunn.  “This was not an easy decision for us and we wish Brent all the best.”

The team’s new interim head coach Justin Quenneville spent the 2010-11 season as the assistant coach and director of hockey operations.  He spent four years as a player in Corpus Christi and is the franchise’s all-time leader in points and assists.

Corpus Christi drops the puck on the 2011-12 season at the Combat Hockey/NAHL Showcase on September 14th in Blaine, MN against the Dawson Creek Rage.  The team will also meet the Michigan Warriors, Wenatchee Wild, and Minot Minotauros at the showcase before the team opens their home schedule at the American Bank Center on September 23rd against the Odessa Jackalopes.

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