Bottomley taking leave from Ramblers' bench

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Underwent surgery in Halifax on Monday

Amherst Ramblers coach Jim Bottomley is recovering at home after undergoing surgery in Halifax on Monday. He'll be away from the team for two to three weeks.

Jim Bottomley

AMHERST – Jim Bottomley won't be behind the Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Rambers bench for the next two to three weeks.

Team president Jim Henwood released a statement early Friday saying Bottomley underwent surgery in Halifax on Monday and will be away from the team while receovering.

"Due to a recent surgery, Mr. Bottomley will be away from the Rambler bench for the next few weeks. He had surgery on Monday in Halifax and was released from hospital today. He is resting comfortably at home," Henwood said.

With Bottomley out of commission, assistant coaches Tim Ripley and Jamie Matthews will assume the coaching duties, while Hal Davidson will be helping with the general manager's duties.

"We are fortunate in that we have two very capable assistant coaches who are able to step in and run the hockey club in Jimbo's absence," Henwood said. "Tim has many years of experience and Jamie has a tremendous amount of hockey knowledge. We'll be OK until Jim comes back."

Henwood said he wouldn't be surprised if Bottomley isn't back in Amherst sooner than expected, but he said it's unlikely he'll come back behind the bench for the next two to three weeks.

He would not get into details of Bottomley's condition other than to say he's resting at home.

Henwood said the players are being notified of Bottomley's absence.

This is Bottomley's third season behind the Ramblers' bench after many years coaching in Halifax and Bridgewater. The team is off to a 2-4 start and hosts the Campbellton Tigers on Friday.

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Organizations: Campbellton Tigers

Geographic location: Halifax, AMHERST, Bridgewater

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