Roman Vopat is declining to comment after his recent release as a coach and consultant with the Kootenay ICE.
Summit 107 reached out to Roman Vopat following initial reports of his dismissal, but the former coach and consultant respectfully declined to make a comment or issue a statement on the matter.
After reports of Vopat's release from the team earlier this week, the Kootenay ICE provided the following statement to Summit 107.
"Roman was a part-time resource for our coaches on home game days and was released from his consulting agreement based on breaches of team policy, including our social media policy and his consulting agreement."
Reports suggest that Vopat's dismissal is connected to his recent criticism of Tim Hunter, the current Head Coach of the Moose Jaw Warriors who also was behind the bench of Team Canada at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship. Canada finished sixth following a 2-1 loss in the quarterfinals to Finland, who eventually went on to win the gold medal over the United States.
You know my problem I have with all this—he challenged 17year old on national tv, paper and social media about not performing but he doesn’t have the guts to call out his captain on diving all over the place ?? https://t.co/3dvjyEr2E2— Roman Vopat (@RomanVopat) January 1, 2019
I feel for them but you don’t deserve a thing in sport -earn it!!!— Roman Vopat (@RomanVopat) January 3, 2019
However, those reports have not been corroborated by Vopat or the Kootenay ICE.
Vopat joined the ICE as an Assistant Coach in 2016 and was also the Assistant Coach of the Prince George Cougars from 2014 to 2016.
"We thank Roman for his contributions during his time with the ICE and will have no further comment," concluded the statement from the Kootenay ICE.