Letowski, 40, fills a vacancy left by former head coach Rocky Thompson who guided the Spitfires to a Mastercard Memorial Cup championship on home ice last month. Thompson has accepted a head coaching position with the Chicago Wolves, the AHL affiliate of the NHL’s expansion Vegas Golden Knights.
Letowski spent the past two seasons as the club’s associate coach after six seasons coaching with the Sarnia Sting. The Thunder Bay native oversaw the Spits’ top-ranked penalty kill this past season, helping guide it to an OHL record 88.5 percent efficiency rate.
A graduate of the Sarnia Sting, Letowski played three OHL seasons from 1994-97, recording 93 goals, 155 assists and 248 points over 187 career regular season contests. His 34 game point streak during the 1996-97 season remains a Sting team record. Letowski also won gold with Canada at the 1997 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in Geneva and Morges, Switzerland.
A seventh round (174th overall) selection by the Phoenix Coyotes in 1996, Letowski enjoyed a 13-year professional career that included more than 600 NHL games with Phoenix, Columbus, Vancouver and Carolina between 1997 and 2010.
Letowski and GM Warren Rychel will both be available to media on Friday morning at 11:00 at the WFCU Centre.
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