The Lethbridge Hurricanes have reached a deal outside of court with former assistant coach, Brad Lukowich. As Global News first reported in April 2014, Lukowich filed a lawsuit against the WHL hockey team for wrongful dismissal when he left the team in February. At the time the lawsuit was filed, Lukowich alleged he complained to Hurricanes management about non-compliance with league policies and said the team was incorrect about their comments regarding his supposed history of mental illness, which the former coach denies.
The Lethbridge Hurricanes released the following statement on their website Friday morning. “Although we initially announced Brad was terminated for cause, it has subsequently been determined by the Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club that his departure was not for cause. The Club extends their sincere appreciation for his services and wish him success. Brad’s strength is his focus on player development. I expect to see him involved in hockey operations next season,” said Brad Robson, General Manager.
Lukowich says he is happy with the outcome “I appreciate the Hurricanes willingness to resolve these matters constructively. My wife Cara, our daughters and I have grown very fond of the city of Lethbridge and all it has to offer. My goal is still to teach and coach at the highest level possible the game that gave me so much so that I can give back. I look forward to the next opportunity to pursue that goal.”
Lukowich was seeking $108,000 plus damages at the time the court documents were filed. Neither party was available to Global News for further comment.