Former Sudbury Wolves head coach David Matsos will be taking on the role of head coach with reigning Ontario Hockey League champions Hamilton Bulldogs.
Matsos was the Bulldogs' associate coach during the 2017-18 season, where the team posted an impressive 43-18-4-3 record, finishing atop the East Division before marching through the playoffs and knocking off the Soo Greyhounds in the finals.
At 44 years old, Matsos is still what you might consider a rookie in the OHL head coaching ranks, having served as bench boss with the Sudbury Wolves for 170 games over two and a half seasons. He does however have nearly five years as an associate coach to his name between the Wolves and Windsor Spitfires.
Matsos' promotion comes after the team's head coach for the past two seasons, John Gruden, accepted an assistant coaching job in the NHL with the New York Islanders.
Meanwhile, as Matsos moves up to head coach, Vince Laise has been promoted from assistant coach of the Bulldogs to associate coach.
Matsos parted ways with the Sudbury Wolves in May 2017, the year after the team was purchased by local businessman Dario Zulich.