"Robbie has a distinguished career in coaching and is one of the classiest people in the game," Bassin said. "He is a great mentor on and off the ice. I decided after considerable thought to make this difficult decision and to move in a different direction. The entire Otters family has the utmost respect for Robbie, Wendy and their family and expect that he will go on to bigger and better opportunities."
Ftorek joined the Otters early in the 2007 season after Sidorkiewicz's team started slow. This year the Otters are 7-15-2-3. Knoblauch led the Kootenay Ice to the WHL championship in his first year in 2011.
Kootenay fired Knoblauch after they found out he interviewed for a college coaching job at the University of Alberta. Knoblauch didn't end up getting the job.