Lumberjacks name coaching staff
Though it is summer, the 2017-2018 hockey season is quickly approaching and the Hearst Lumberjacks of the NOJHL have gotten their ducks in a row as it pertains to its coaching staff.
Joining head coach Marc Lafleur will be assistants Bryan Wilson, Jean-François Sylvestre, Marc-Alain Bégin, Claude Lodin and Alain Blanchette, who will also assume the duties of goalie coach.
Wilson played four seasons as a defenceman in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League from 2004-2008.
His most memorable experience was playing for the Drummondville Voltigeurs coached by Guy Boucher who is now the head coach of the Ottawa Senators.
After his junior career, Bryan completed his bachelor’s degree in the commerce program at Lakehead University.
While playing for the Thunderwolves Varsity Hockey Club, he sustained a leg injury that side lined him from playing competitive hockey.
He has served as an assistant coach for the midget elite hockey program Les Élans a few years ago.
He will bring a lot of hockey knowledge to the team and is looking forward in working with the Lumberjacks organization.
Sylvestre is a former hockey player from Cochrane, Ontario.
He played part of his midget hockey in Hearst for Coach Lafleur and the Élans.
A former OHL Sarnia Sting draft pick, Sylvestre played several years of Junior Hockey in Cambridge and in Kirkland Lake while completing his University degree.
As for coaching experience, he has been a senior instructor for PowerPlay Hockey in Kapuskasing for the past five years.
This past season, he was head coach of one of the Hearst minor hockey teams.
Sylvestre is presently a teacher working at the French public school Passeport Jeunesse in Hearst. He is looking forward to be part of Lumberjacks staff for the upcoming season.
Bégin played two years for coach Lafleur in his midget years, who he still describes as the best coach he’s ever had.
He was drafted by the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League in 2008.
He played for the Abitibi Eskimos in the NOJHL for two years before graduating to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for the Val d’Or Foreurs, where he played one year before getting traded to the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.
After his junior career, Bégin played CIS hockey for the Laurentian Voyageurs for two seasons.
He has been involved in local minor hockey for the last several as a coach.
Lodin played junior hockey for the Hawkesbury Hawks before graduating to the NCAA-D1 program of the Northeastern Huskies where he got his degree and played four years.
He also went on to play pro hockey in Sweden for two years afterwards.
Claude also acted as an assistant coach for the Élans elite midget hockey program for several years.
He is a teacher of the game and will bring a lot of expertise to the team.
Blanchette has been in coaching for over thirty years.
He has coached at various level of hockey and was the president of local minor hockey in Hearst last year.
Here is a brief resume of his past experience.
- 34 years of coaching experience: (Initiation to Junior)
- Various Rep and House League teams.
- Advanced Level Coach
- National Certification Coaches Program (Level II Certified)
- Since 1986 – Head Instructor or Assistant in various hockey school programs
- Moose Hockey School – Hearst
- Superior Hockey School –Thunder Bay
- Future Pro Goalie School – Hearst (Steve McKichan; Toronto Maple Leafs)
- The Wall Goalie Program - Hearst
- Hearst Hockey Camp – Head Goalie Instructor
- NOHA / Hockey Canada Development Camps
- Skills Development
- Developing Defensemen
- Skating Skills
- Goaltender Development (Rick Wamsley; Ottawa Senators & Hockey Canada Goalie Coach & Consultant)
He brings a lot of knowledge and dedication to the team.