In a year where anything and everything has gone wrong on the ice, things got even worse for the Evansville Thunderbolts off the ice early Saturday.
Thunderbolts first-year head coach Ian Moran was arrested in Evansville, allegedly for an OMVWI (operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated) and booked in the Vanderburgh County Jail this morning at 5:13am.
Screengrabs are from the Vanderburgh County Jail roster’s recent bookings page.
BLH has reached out to the Thunderbolts for comment on the matter, but the team had not responded to our inquiry at the time of posting. This story will be updated should the Thunderbolts issue a response.
As of 11am CST, the Thunderbolts had not posted anything about the arrest on any social media pages.
UPDATE: Shortly after posting, the Vanderburgh County jail roster page updated to show that Moran has been released.
Moran’s arrest came after the Thunderbolts were defeated 5-3 on home ice Friday night by the Macon Mayhem, and puts into question both who coaches the team this evening in their rematch against Macon, and if Moran will continue behind the bench for the Thunderbolts.
The question about tonight is because on the team website, and on the SPHL box scores, there is no assistant coach listed for the Thunderbolts. Should Moran be unable to coach the team, the likely fill-in could be General Manager Adam Stio, who has previous head coaching experience in the Mountain West Hockey League, and was an assistant with the Elmira Jackals, then in the ECHL.
Moran is in his first season at the helm of the Thunderbolts, with the team currently sitting in last place with a record of 4-23-2 and just 10 points on the season. The team is currently 10 points out of the last playoff spot in the SPHL.
Moran was hired on August 10, along with Stio, replacing coach Jeff Pyle who left the team late in the off-season to coach the Atlanta Gladiators of the ECHL. Moran played nearly 500 games in the NHL for Pittsburgh, Boston and Anaheim, totaling 71 career points and 321 career penalty minutes. After this playing career ended, Moran opened a hockey school in Massachusetts, and was also a scout in the New England region before coming to Evansville.