The Fort Frances Minor Hockey Association has named its ‘AA’ coaches for the 2010-11 season.
Coaching the Atom ‘AA’ Snipers will be Brent Tookenay, who is returning for his second year behind the bench.
After a successful inaugural year, Tookenay is looking to improve on what they accomplished as a team last season.
Tookenay comes from a long background of hockey knowledge, from both his own playing and coaching careers as well as his father, Joe, who has many years of experience in the hockey world.
Ed Vold, meanwhile, will take the reins of the PeeWee ‘AA’ Boston Pizza Royals.
A coach who has been with the FFMHA for many years now, Vold previously has helped in our ‘AA programs’ as an assistant, but now gets the chance to step up and lead the squad as head coach.
Vold brings knowledge of the game, passion, and intensity to our program.
As for the Bantam ‘AA’ Taggs Source for Sports crew, Todd Hamilton will be at the helm.
This position was widely sought, and all of our applicants could have risen to the occasion.
The FFMHA board felt Hamilton, with his experience both playing and coaching, as well as previous hands-on experience with our ‘AA’ programs, would be the best guy suited for this season in guiding the team.
Hamilton has been in our association for many years, and involved in assistant coaching roles with local ‘AA’ programs.
His most recent was with the Bantam ‘AA’ squad last season, in which they capped the year off with a big win in their final tournament.
Finally, Dave Egan will return to coach the Midget ‘AA’ Fort Frances Canadians.
The only coach ever to be at the helm of the local Midget ‘AA’ program, and the man who founded the team, Egan brings an abundance of hockey knowledge, experience, and wisdom.
If you talk to many of the players who have taken part in the program, they all tell you they enjoyed their experience with the team and had a lot of fun, which says volumes for Egan and the program he runs.
A reminder that ‘AA’ tryouts will commence in early September and run through the month.
In other news, the FFMHA is trying to land the HNO branch championships in March.
This will see the top players in our area come to compete for the right to represent HNO at the provincial and west region of the Telus Cup (national Midget ‘AAA’ championships.
The three levels that would be competing at the ‘AAA’ level would be PeeWee, Bantam, and Midget.
The teams that will compete include from the Thunder Bay ‘AAA’ Kings program, the Kenora Thistles ‘AAA’ Midgets, and representative teams in the PeeWee and Bantam ages from both the west and east regions of the HNO branch.
Finally, the Fort Frances Girls’ and Women’s Hockey Association still is looking for coaches for its house league teams, as well as conveners for Novice/Atom and Bantam/Midget.
Anyone interested is asked to contact Ron MacKinnon at email@example.com