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By Observer Staff
The Dryden Ice Dogs have chosen a head coach for the 2012-13 season.
Oakville’s Paul MacLean was given the nod from a significant pool of applicants, said Director of Hockey Operations Brad Boyko in a team statement, Monday.
“This was one of the hardest decisions we have had to make, due to the overwhelming number and quality of applicants, said Boyko. “This is one of those times when we would have liked to have all 17 of the coaches on the bench. Just the quality of the applicants who applied for this coaching position proves the SIJHL league is being recognized and will continue to grow and prosper in the future.”
MacLean is currently the owner and head on-ice instructor of Central Ontario Junior A Development Camp. His own playing career stretches back to time spent with the Thunder Bay Senators, various clubs in the East Coast Hockey League and a Dutch pro league.
“Paul brings an extensive background and exceptional knowledge of hockey with contacts all across Canada and the USA,” said Boyko. “Our first priority is to put a winning team on the ice; second priority is to help players advance after their junior hockey career is over. The Dryden Ice Dogs take great pride in their track record for helping senior players move on to further their education through hockey, and Paul will definitely help us continue with this. We welcome Paul to Dryden and can’t wait for the hockey season to begin.”