Batten was reportedly relieved of his duties before last night's Border Bruins home game against the Castlegar Rebels after being signed on as the team's new bench boss in July.
Assistant Matt Zamec has been named the team's new head coach and general manager, reportedly on an interim basis.
I haven't been able yet to track down anyone from the Border Bruins to speak to the decision, but when I do all the pertinent details will be available on Mountain FM and on this blog.
I can only assume this news has come as a bit of a surprise, given Batten told me in an interview earlier this week he felt as though the team was starting to come together after admitting the pace of the KIJHL may have taken some of the new Border Bruins by surprise at the start of the season. Every time I've asked Batten to lend me some time for conversation he's always been more than willing to chat, and I am sure he'll land somewhere in hockey very soon.