Jamie Baker made his first appearance behind the St. Marys Lincolns' bench this past Friday night against London Nationals.Baker is in charge of the Lincs' defence. Fellow assistant Paul Petrie oversees the forwards, and both men will work under the guidance of head coach Merlin Malinowski.Baker, a RR3 Thorndale resident, has guided the Firefighter ‘BB' Peewees to an undefeated season to date. He will remain as bench boss of the Firefighters.Petrie thinks Baker is a "great" addition to the Lincolns' staff. "Jamie has so much hockey knowledge," he said. "He sees a lot out there, and he emphasizes those things to the kids."The following is a little background on Jamie Baker.He played eight years of ‘AAA' minor hockey in Toronto, then played three seasons of Jr. A with Toronto St. Michaels (1985-87). Baker attended the University of Windsor from 1987 to 1991, and was a draft pick of the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers in 1989. He attended the Flyers' training camp in 1991.Baker, who has coached seven years in the St. Marys minor system, is also a PSE (power skating and edges) instructor. Jamie and his wife Connie have two children, Tyson and Keeley.•The ‘Coach of the Year' award in the Western Ontario Hockey League (WOHL)will now be called the ‘Angie Nigro Award.' Nigro, a Stratford native, spent11 seasons as GM of the Lincolns.It was proposed by a former Junior/minor pro coach Jean LaForest, whocoached under Nigro in Aylmer.The league banquet this year is Monday, Feb. 18 at Western Fair in London.'Lincs went 7-6 without coach Malinowski behind the bench as he completedhis 15-game suspension.(Malinowski served two games immediately following the Oct. 23 game, whenon-ice officials ruled that he sent Josh McDonald off the bench to fightduring a home game against St. Thomas Stars)."I think our team is going to really take off because I know we have oneexcited head coach ready to come back," Paul Petrie said after last Friday'sgame."He's excited, and the kids are excited. Make no bones about it, this isMerlin's team and the kids will respond."'Coaches from both the Lincolns and London Nationals have stated that their‘stretch-run' goal is to finish in second place in the WOHL standings."Our long-term goal right now is to finish second; it's an attainable goaland a healthy goal for us down the stretch," Nats' assistant Adam Casey saidbefore last Friday's game.'Winger Brenton Kemp was recognized before last Friday's game as Lincs'Swiss Chalet of Stratford player-of-the month for December.The 19-year-old Londoner has 24 goals and 52 points and is among the top 10scorers in the WOHL.'Twenty-one members of the St. Marys DCVI Jazz band'under the direction ofRich Sumstad'performed before last Friday's WOHL game, and also played thenational anthem.'Defenceman Mike Noyes is now just five points out of the WOHL scoring lead.Noyes collected five assists in Lincolns' 8-4 victory over London NationalsFriday night. The 19-year-old Lucan native now has 24 goals and 60 points in34 games.Noyes and Kemp lead St. Marys with 16 powerplay goals each.'Defenceman Mike Gillen, 20, has picked up 18 points (3-15) in 11 gamessince re-joining the Lincs from Stouffville Spirit of the Ontario ProvincialJunior Hockey League.'Winger Jeff Silver is the first St. Marys player this season to go over 100minutes in penalties.The rugged 20-year-old, from Lucan, now has 131 minutes in the sin bin.Silver is also fourth in team scoring with 11 goals and 32 points.'Lincolns are third in the WOHL in powerplay goals for with 54. Tecumseh(70) and London (65) are first and second, respectively.--Strathroy Rockets are starting to make some noise. Winners of the lastfour games, Rockets (20-16-3) have moved into sole possession of fifthplace, just three points behind Sarnia Blast (22-15-2).'Former Lincs' winger Tyler Doig (2002-04) has signed an American HockeyLeague contract with the Toronto Marlies.Doig, 21, has 28 points (six goals, 22 assists) in 35 games in his rookieseason with the East Coast Hockey League's Columbia Inferno.Doig, from Seaforth, is the Inferno's lone representative in the upcomingECHL all-star game, which takes place tonight (Jan. 23) in Stockton, Calif.'SMHA product Mark Bell will be out another eight weeks after the TorontoMaple Leafs' forward underwent successful surgery last week to repair afacial fracture.Bell had the operation to repair a fractured orbital bone. The 27-year-oldSt. Pauls native sustained the injury in a fight during a Leafs' game Jan. 3at Pittsburgh.The forward has two goals, five assists and 50 penalty minutes in 26 gamesthis season, his first with the Leafs.