Junior A team names GM/coach - Mar. 19, 2014
The region’s newly minted junior A hockey team is one step closer to opening day, having named its new general manager and coach.
The formative franchise has named Jamie McKinley as the man in charge of coaching, scouting and player recruitment.
McKinley, 46, has spent the last three seasons with the Saint John Vito’s midget AAA club. That club’s staff has earned the NB/PEI Major Midget AAA league coach of the year award the past two seasons.
The Vito’s are currently battling the Moncton Flyers in their second round provincial playoff series.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to help build a franchise in Charlotte and Washington Counties,” said McKinley. “I know this area very well. It’s a great hockey community, a great community, period. The border location makes it unique and I think will give our team an advantage in winning over fans and recruiting players.”
McKinley pledged the players will be actively involved in the community.
“We’ll be developing training programs, clinics and hockey schools for younger players too,” McKinley said.
Charlotte County Junior A Hockey Club President John Hyslop said McKinley brings experience that will be valuable to the new franchise.
“He knows the players all throughout our area and beyond and a lot of players and parents know Jamie as well,” Hyslop said. “He has a proven track record at all levels and he is the right person to guide our group as we build a team and a support staff.”
McKinley started playing hockey in Fredericton, was on a bantam team that claimed provincial and Atlantic titles in 1982, helped claim a midget provincial banner in 1984, and was on the Ontario Hockey League’s Guelph Platers that claimed the coveted Memorial Cup in 1986, scoring 24 points in 20 games during that playoff run.
He went on to spend 16 years in professional hockey in Germany, primarily for Schweinfurt ERV (scoring 63 goals and 63 assists in a 40-game 1995-96 season) before stepping away from the ice to assume a variety of front-office roles.