Former Lakers coach Bernie Lynch arrested

By Natali Trivuncic
Staff Writer
ntrivuncic@fortfrances.com

Bernie Lynch, former Fort Frances Lakers coach, has been charged with sexual assault and assault in Saskatchewan, following a complaint from a former player, according to a CBC news article.

Lynch turned himself in to police in Devon, Alta., over the weekend after Regina Police Service issues a warrant for his arrest on April 30. He faces one count each of sexual assault and assault, dating back to August 1988.

CBC also reported that Lynch is the subject of another police investigation in Edson, Alta., where he coached the Junior A Aeros in the Western States Hockey League (WSHL).

It was announced on Jan. 6 that Lynch, had been suspended from coaching the Fort Frances Lakers and CBC broke the news on March 4 that Lynch, was suspended for inappropriate texts and emails to a player, who chose to remain anonymous.

Lynch would call and email with alarming frequency, sending upwards of 50 messages in a day to the player, while he was home for the holidays, which were all unsolicited and unwanted, according to the CBC.

Lynch joined the Lakers as head coach in September. With 47 years of experience under his belt, Lynch beat nine other candidates for the job.

Some of Lynch’s past experiences include coaching in Norway at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, NY, coaching eight world hockey championships, and 15 National championships across several countries.

Most recently, spent two seasons with Alberta’s Edson Aeros, winning two division titles before moving on to the Fort Frances Lakers.

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