The Morrisburg Lions of the Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey league announced today that Gary Brownlee and Rick Gilmer have joined the team’s ownership group. Along with Dale Lewis and Kevin Casselman, they are excited to begin a new chapter of junior hockey in Morrisburg.
Brownlee, who has been active in sports for many years, will serve as the team’s vice-president. A resident of Osnabruck Center, Brownlee is owner of Gary Brownlee Construction Company.
Gilmer, a local Morrisburg area businessman, has also been involved with area sports teams for many years. Rick, who resides with his family in Morrisburg, is excited to become a member of the Lions organization, and will serve as vice-president/assistant GM.
“It is very important for our organization to truly be a fabric of the community, and we feel having local ownership is an important step in this process,” says Lions General Manager Kevin Casselman.
“Through this process we were looking for people who are passionate about the community as well as the game of hockey, and we found that in Gary and Rick.”
The new owners are excited and committed to bringing quality family entertainment, and high standard of ethics and conduct to the team.
They fell that having the chance to continue to have local ownership and great hockey people is a great addition to the Lions program. “We embrace the upcoming changes to the Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League with enthusiasm, pride and excitement.”
The new organization also took the opportunity to extend heartfelt gratitude to outgoing executive members Janice Casselman and Kim Bennett.
Janice has been part of the organization, alongside husband Ron, for over three decades, and served her community with dignity and pride over that time.
Kim came on board in early 1990’s, and has served as a tireless worker for her hockey club for over 22 years.
“We can count on one hand how many home games Kim has missed over the 22 years,” says GM Casselman.
“Kim devoted herself and family to Lions program beyond what words can say! We hope to continue to represent the community with same level of respect and pride.”
The Lions also announced that former NHL and Pittsburgh Penguins Captain Dan Frawley will return to coach the Lions program in 2013.
Frawley was a hard-working right-winger who played in nearly 300 NHL games in the 1980’s. His desire and ability to lead by example on the ice made him an asset.
Born in Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, Frawley played Major Junior ‘A’ with the Sudbury Wolves and the Cornwall Royals winning a Memorial Cup with the Cornwall Royals.
After scoring 47 points for Sudbury as a rookie in 1979-80, Frawley was chosen by the Chicago Black Hawks at the 1980 Entry Draft. After spending two years in the AHL, he played 30 games for the Chicago Black Hawks in 1984-85.
On October 7, 1985, the Pittsburgh Penguins picked up Frawley. He enjoyed four solid years with the Pens as they rebuilt themselves around young super star Mario Lemieux.
Such was Frawley’s positive impact in the dressing room that he was named team captain in 1987-88.
Dan’s NHL stats .. He scored 37 goals and 40 assist.. while accumulating 674 penalty minutes.
After leaving the NHL in 1989, he played nearly five years in the minors before retiring in 1993. After one year away from the game, Dan returned to help the AHL’s Rochester Americans win the Calder Cup in 1996.
In 2003, Frawley was selected to the Rochester Americans hall of fame for his contributions as a longtime player, and his work ethic earned him this honor.
The Lions also announced that Andrew Scott former Kemptville 73’s Junior ‘A’ assistant coach , and former EOJHL 2010 Metro division “coach of the year” will be returning as Associate Coach with the team.
Andrew and Dan have been very busy in the recruitment process, and are excited with the talent level of the prospects.
The Lions will be active throughout the community this summer .. participating in as many community activities as possible.