Former St. Marys Lincolns’ defenceman Duane Harmer (1990-91) is the new head coach of Mitchell Hawks of the Western Jr. ‘C’ Hockey League.
After one season in St. Marys as a 16-year-old, Harmer went on to play four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League.
He then played several years of minor pro hockey, including four in Europe, playing for 13 teams in six different leagues.
The 39-year-old Fullarton spent part of the 2012-13 season behind the Lincs’ bench as an assistant coach.
“I’m excited about the challenges of being the (Hawks’) head coach,” Harmer said in a recent edition of the Mitchell Advocate newspaper. “This is a pretty good fit here for me.”
Sailors back in OHA
The Ontario Hockey Association is pleased to announce that the Goderich Sailors Junior ‘C’ Hockey Club is back after their year of absence and will participate in the 2014-15 season.
At the April 16 OHA Board of Directors meeting, the board approved the Goderich Sailors re-entry into the Association.
“It is great to have Goderich back competing in the OHA,” OHA Chief Executive Officer Scott Farley said in a press release last week.
“This is due to tireless efforts of a number of people in the community who wanted to have OHA Junior hockey back in Goderich. We look forward to a great partnership with the team and the community.”
Beginning next season, Sailors will return to the Western Junior ‘C’ League, becoming the seventh team.
“We want to give the players the right tools to succeed on the ice and more importantly in their lives,” said Sailors’ President Jim Gorloff. “We’re a new group who want the community of Goderich to be proud of their team for years to come.”
Originally the Sailors cited a lack of players as the reason for the request for a one-year leave of absence from the OHA. With new staff taking over, the hope is they’ll be able to keep local players in their line-up for the foreseeable future.
“We’re happy to have them back,” said Western Junior ‘C’ League convener Steve Coulter. “To have them as the seventh team is great for our league. Their ownership group is heading in the right direction and we’ll certainly help to assist them any way we can.”