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St. Lawrence College Athletics announce Jacques Tremblay as new Men’s Hockey Head Coach

2009-10-28

KINGSTON, Ont. (October 26, 2009) – Tri-campus Athletic Director, Brad Greenwood, is pleased to announce Jacques Tremblay as the new Head Coach of the Men’s Hockey program at St. Lawrence College in Kingston. Tremblay, who is well known in local hockey circles as an experienced and successful coach, has recently accepted an offer to lead the Vikings for the coming season.  

With a 45 year coaching career, Tremblay will bring a wealth of hockey knowledge and experience to the Vikings program. He has coached at various levels over his illustrious career including extended stints as head coach of both the Swiss the French National Teams and head coaching duties in Canadian Major Junior Hockey for the St. Jean Castors (1984 – 86) and the Kingston Canadians (1986-87). Jacques also has extensive experience in collegiate level hockey having coached Men’s Hockey at Royal Military College (1989-1996) and Women’s Hockey at Queen’s University (1997-2001). Most recently he was the head coach of the very successful Napanee Raiders of the Empire Junior B Hockey League.

Tremblay currently holds a Level V coaching certificate in hockey and has been the recipient of many awards throughout his career, most notably the CIAU and OUAA Men’s Hockey Coach of the Year (1995-96), Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) All Star Coach (1985-86), and Coach of the Year in France, (for all sport disciplines) in 1982-83. 

“We are very fortunate to have attracted a coach of Jacques caliber to lead our Men’s Hockey program at St. Lawrence College” stated Athletic Director, Brad Greenwood. “His experience and record speaks for itself, I am anxious to see how he transforms and builds our program over the coming season.”

Tremblay is excited about taking over as Head Coach of the Vikings. “This challenge is made to measure for me. My vision is to take a hockey team and turn it into a Hockey Program at St. Lawrence College" commented Tremblay.

Hockey at St. Lawrence College is operated as an extramural or tournament based sport. In 2004 the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) dropped ice hockey as a varsity sport and moved it to a tournament sport format in an effort to help reduce the costs of maintaining hockey programs for their member institutions. As such, OCAA schools now host one and two day tournaments which allow other institutions the opportunity to continue to compete against other OCAA rivals. St. Lawrence College Kingston will compete in four tournaments this season as well as playing in other exhibition games against OCAA and non-OCAA teams.

Try-outs for Vikings Hockey will commence on November 4th with the first tournament scheduled for November 26-27 when the squad travels to Toronto for the Humber College Invitational.
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