Former Hampton Roads Admirals coach John Brophy dies at 83

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HAMPTON ROADS, Va. — Former Hampton Roads Admirals coach John Brophy passed away Monday morning after a long illness in his native Nova Scotia. He was 83 years old.

Brophy coached the main rival of the Richmond Renegades for 13 years, where he won three titles and set a record for coaching wins.

Under Brophy, the Admirals never had a losing reason season.

John Brophy

John Brophy

Brophy also coached one season for the Richmond Renegades of the Southern Professional Hockey League in 2006-07.

The East Coast Hockey League inducted Brophy into their Hall of Fame in 2009 and named the league’s Coach of the Year award after him in 2003.

As a player, Brophy played 18 seasons and set an Eastern Hockey League record for penalty minutes.

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