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Ex-K’s coach to lead junior team

– The Bradford Rattlers of the Greater Metro Junior “A” Hockey League posted on their website Wednesday that they have hired Al Sims to be their new coach.

Reached by phone Wednesday night, Sims told The Journal Gazette that nothing has been finalized.

“I’m meeting with them tomorrow, so we’ll see,” Sims said, declining further comment.

Sims, 60, coached the Komets to IHL championships in 1993, 2008, 2009 and 2010, and he led the Komets to the 2012 CHL title.

He also has coached in the NHL with the San Jose Sharks.

Last season, the Komets missed the playoffs for the first time since 2002 and Sims and the Komets jointly announced his retirement.

He was replaced by his former assistant coach, Gary Graham.

“The Rattlers organization are excited to begin the season with such a qualified coach behind the bench,” a news release said. “On behalf of the entire organization, welcome Al! We are looking forward to a successful season under your guidance.”

Sims won 437 of his 761 regular-season games with the Komets, and he won 72 of 105 playoff games.

He is the winningest coach in Komets history.

jcohn@jg.net

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