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HERSHEY — The Hershey Bears are cutting ties with head coach Troy Mann and assistant coach Ryan Murphy, the team and the Washington Capitals announced Wednesday afternoon. 

“Troy is a dedicated and hard-working coach and we appreciate all he has done for the Hershey Bears,” said Capitals senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan in a press release. “At this point, we feel a fresh approach and a change in leadership is needed in order for us to continue to develop our young players towards the next level and for success at the AHL level. We also want to thank Ryan for his contributions to the Hershey Bears and wish him all the best.”

Mann coached the Bears to a 162-102-22-18 record over his four seasons, leading them to a pair of division titles and the 2016 Calder Cup Final. He was hired in July, 2014, replacing his former boss, Mark French, and is now sixth in club history in wins.

Murphy was Mann's assistant all four years in various roles.

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