Jimbo back behind Ramblers’ bench

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Club, coach agree on two-year deal

This young hockey fan is likely happy that Jim Bottomley will be coaching the Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers again next season. A group of fans waited outside the stadium on Thursday afternoon while Bottomley met with team officials on a new contract. The board later agreed to a two-year contract extension.

AMHERST – Jim Bottomley will be back behind the bench next season for the Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers.

The club and veteran coach agreed on a two-year contract that was ratified unanimously by the board at a special meeting Thursday night.

“It’s fantastic news that we will have Jim Bottomley coaching the Amherst Ramblers for the next two years,” team president Jim Henwood said following the meeting. “It was never a question of us wanting Jim back because we did. It was being able to do something we could afford.”

The team did not release terms of the deal, although Henwood said both sides gave a little to make the deal happen.

The agreement came after 90-minute meeting Thursday afternoon between Bottomley and the Ramblers’ negotiating team. It also came a day after Henwood said the coach and general manager would not be returning because they were far apart in money.

Now that a contract is in place, Henwood said it’s up to fans to support the team financially to help it pay for the new contract and the belief that the cost of busing is about to take another significant jump next season.

“We hope that all these people who jumped on the bandwagon and wanted Jimbo back realize that we went out on a limb and signed Mr. Bottomley for two years. It cost us more money and we need all the support we can get,” Henwood said.

Henwood said the feedback he received since Wednesday shows how passionate Rambler fans are about the club and the coach.

Bottomley said he appreciates the vote of confidence and the level of support from the community. He said he received numerous calls and emails throughout the day from players and fans and he read the comments on cumberlandnewsnow.com and the MHL Network chat site.

“I’ve been in this league for 40 years as a player and a coach and I’ve always felt this was the place to be. This is the best hockey atmosphere in the league and we’re turning this franchise into a winner,” Bottomley said last night. “The support from the community makes me want to do it that much more.”

With the contract behind him, Bottomley wants to turn his attention to preparing for the draft and building the roster for the opening of training camp in August.

dcole@amherstdaily.com

Twitter: @ADNdarrell

 

Organizations: Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers, MHL Network

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  • BOTTOMLEY FAN
    May 27, 2013 - 08:13

    Yay!!!!, awesome....good to hear!

  • Jack on The Rocks
    May 24, 2013 - 07:59

    Great news and great work by the Rams Executives....now Rams fans...get to the rink and support OUR team.....

  • Power of the People
    May 24, 2013 - 07:34

    Its about time something wrong has been right. Jimbo is the best thing to happen to Amherst Rambles in a long time. Now that the executive has listened (read) to the comments of the people, let's see if we can get the same people to complain to the 1d10t town council who rather waste money on colored sidewalks, parking lot with disco lights and an unnecessary town hall while jobs are disappearing at an alarming rate. Maybe they will see how high property taxes that are going higher and higher is driving families away from Amherst. Because at this rate, there will not be any Ramblers in 10-20 years. You can smoke that in your pipe

  • Mark
    May 24, 2013 - 07:31

    It is so funny - Jimbo was such a villian when he was the coach in Halifax for so many years. No doubt he is a great coach and GM - we are lucky to have him here! Good on the exec and Jim working out a deal!

  • Vince Kennie of Northport
    May 23, 2013 - 22:56

    Great news, now we will be able to draw large and maybe larger crowds to Rumble in the Jungle. Congratulations to both Jim Henwood and Jim Bottomley to finally reach a deal. Hope to see large crowds at the games again this year.

  • Hockeymom
    May 23, 2013 - 22:28

    Great move by the Executive!!! As I mentioned on the other article, get weekly 50/50 tickets in every corner store, restaurant, hotel, etc.from Sackville to Oxord. Maybe start bi-weekly until the ball gets rolling. Make a call to Glacé Bay minor hockey and see how they started it out years ago. Check their website and see the numbers. Get a committee going and sell them EVERYWHERE!!! Once the pot starts to grow, more and more will buy them