While it will be several weeks before it is decided who is part of the 2013-14 Morrisburg Junior B Lions roster, those standing behind the bench have been determined.
Last week, the Lions team management announced that Andrew Scott of Iroquois, and Mark Evans of Cornwall, will be joining head coach Dan Frawley behind the Lions bench for the coming season.
Former Pittsburgh Penquin captain, Memorial Cup Champion and AHL Calder Cup Champion, Frawley is returning for his second season as the Lions head coach.
In addition to Frawley’s credentials, the two assistants coaches sport some pretty impressive hockey and coaching experience of their own.
Scott, who comes on board as associate coach was the 2010 Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey Metro Division “Coach of the Year”.
Originally from Johnstown, Scott, a defenceman, played Junior B hockey with the Prescott Falcons and Junior A (Tier 2) with the Kingston Voyageurs. He finished his junior hockey career as a 20 year old with South Grenville.
Scott’s coaching career includes stints with the Kemptville 73s (Jr. A.), the Upper Canada Cyclones (AAA minor) and the Metcalfe Jets (Jr. B.). As head coach of the 2010-11 Jets, he was named the Metro Division’s coach of the year.
“I was with the Jets for two years,” says Scott. “I was there to help them get their program up and going again.”
After taking last year off, he says, “I’ve known Dan for a couple of years, and I jumped on board when he asked me if I was interested.”
“I have played against the Lions and coached against the Lions, and I didn’t want to miss this opportunity to work with Dan and the Lions. They are one of the winningest teams in the league. There is a lot of history here.”
Assistant coach Mark Evans originally comes from Fergus, Ontario. “I came down here to play hockey for the Cornwall Royals and played for them for three years (85-88).” Originally a defenceman, Evans guarded the Royals’ blue line for two seasons, until coach Orval Tessier moved him to right wing for season three.
“I was basically a utility player, and so that is what I’ve brought into my coaching. I’ve seen it both ways.”
For many years, Evans has been involved with the Huron Hockey School. In 1991, he started coaching at the bantam level with the Seaway Valley Rapids minor association.
“I started as assistant coach with the Cornwall Colts (Jr. A Tier 2) in 1992-93, when they moved from Massena to Cornwall. In 1994-95, I was the head coach.”
During the 94-95 season, the Colts were the CJHL Champions and Evans was voted Coach of the Year.
After a three-year coaching hiatus, Evans returned to coaching to coach his twin boys’ minor level teams.
Evans became familiar to the Lions organization last season when his son, Eric played for the team.
Evans and Scott are both excited and eager to get the season rolling.
“We are all on the same page,” says Scott of this year’s Lions coaching staff. “It’s all about development for the players with a winning attitude, both on and off the ice.”
Since the Lions skated off the ice with a dismal finish last season, team ownership has changed with newcomers Rick Gilmer (vice-president of operations and assistant general manager) of Morrisburg and Gary Brownlee (vice-president business development) of Ingleside, now on board with veterans Kevin Casselman (president/general manager) and Dale Lewis (vice-president community relations), both of Morrisburg.
Joining the owners on the executive management team are Bonnie Barkley (treasurer) and Lois Casselman (secretary).
Rosanne Brownlee and Patti Laframbois will be putting their experience with the Cornwall Colts to work as a fundraising coordinators, Tracey Mabo returns as music coordinator, Thom Racine is on board as Director of Public Relations and Barry Cooper is the team scout.
The Lions opened their camp Sunday night (August 18) in Spencerville.
They are on the ice in Spencerville again tonight (August 21) and then will host the Brockville Tikis this coming Saturday night, August 24 at 8 p.m.