The Spokane Chiefs have announced that Steve Pleau, the Assistant Coach for the 2006-07 season, will not return to the organization for the upcoming year.

"We expected when we hired Steve it would be short term," Chiefs General Manager Tim Speltz said. "Steve is a very qualified coach and we wish him the best in the future."

"Steve proved to be a great asset for our organization," Chiefs Head Coach Bill Peters said. "His experience from pro-hockey allowed us to look at things in a different light and allowed us to take a step forward as a team."

Pleau served one year on the Chiefs bench and helped Spokane make an 11 win and 22 point turnaround in the standings.

The Chiefs will begin the search for a replacement immediately.