The Morrisburg Lions Junior hockey club is pleased to announce that former National Hockey League player Dan Frawley has joined the organization as the new head coach.
Frawley fills the gap created when Thom Raccine announced that he would not be returning at the end of last season.
Lions general manager Kevin Casselman, points out that the Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League as a whole has developed from a smaller league to a much more dynamic league with larger visions, and with that, comes bigger challenges.
“We have worked hard to bring our organization to the next level, and nurtured it to make it a success,” says Casselman.
Case in point, starting this season the Champions of the Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey league will compete in the “Eastern Canadian Junior Championship” against teams from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland The league has also joined in the formation of a committee which will works toward the formation of a Canadian National Junior B Championship in the future.
“The hiring of Dan comes at a great time for our organization,” says Casselman. “We are excited and confident with Dan’s leadership that we are taking that next step. It just reinforces the strategic plan for us to meet the new challenges that are ahead. We are proud that junior hockey will continue here in South Dundas.”
Casselman explains that the essential question after last season was “what must we do” in fact “what must we become” if we are to continue in successfully navigating this organization into the future, and continuing to provide junior hockey here in South Dundas.”
Dan Frawley played for the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey Association and the Cornwall Royals of the Ontario Major Junior Hockey League, where he was member of the Memorial Cup Championship team.
He was drafted by the Chicago Black Hawks, 204th overall in the 1980 NHL Draft and he played with the Black Hawks during the 1984–85 season (his NHL rookie season).
On the October 7, 1985, Frawley was picked up by the Pittsburgh Penguins, the team he spent the next four years with.
His leadership on the Penguins, was recognized with his appointment as team captain in October 1987, a role he would hand over to Mario Lemieux two months later, because of an injury that kept him out of the lineup.
In 1989, Frawley returned to the American Hockey League. He retired in 1993, but came out of retirement in 1995, and played two more years with the 1996 Calder Cup winning Rochester Americans of the AHL. He retired from professional hockey a second time in 1998, after the 1997–98 season.
In 2003, Dan was selected to the Rochester Americans hall of fame. His contributions as a long time player, and his work ethic earned him this honor.
Frawley, lives locally, and has a son who played in the South Dundas Minor Hockey Association.
The Lions 2012/2013 camp will be held at the Benson Centre in Cornwall on Saturday, August 25 (1-3 p.m.) and Sunday, August 26 (2-4 p.m.).
Four exhibition games have been lined up at the Benson Centre over Labour Day Weekend, with games at 7 p.m. against the Akwesasne Wolves on August 31 and September 1. South Grenville will play on September 2 at 3:30 p.m. and Char-Lan will play on September 3 at 3:30.