Mark Davis will be returning as head coach of the Sarnia Legionnaires Jr. “B” hockey club next winter.
And team president Tom Knight says the veteran bench boss will have more say in the on-ice product.
“Mark will be expanding his role with the Legionnaires by taking on the titles of director of hockey operations and player personnel,” Knight said.
Davis guided a youthful Sarnia team to a sixth-place finish in the nine-team Western Ontario Hockey Conference this past season. In the playoffs, the Legionnaires surprised many people by taking the third place LaSalle Vipers to seven games before bowing out in the first round. Two of the contests went into overtime.
Davis called his new duties “awesome,” adding they will give him a little more say in molding the on-ice product. “I’ll be doing a lot of work during the summer,” he said.
Sarnia will lose six players to overage. But because Davis went with 22 players last year, that still leaves a solid core of 16 athletes who are eligible to return (17 if you count midget call up Nash Nienhuis, who saw considerable action with the club in post season contests).