The Espanola Express Junior “A” Hockey Club are pleased to announce the return of NHL star player Tom McCarthy as Head Coach for the upcoming 2017-2018 NOJHL season.
“We couldn’t be happier to welcome Coach Tom back home, as his 20 years coaching experience is matched by no other in the league”, claimed Express General Manager Chad Clarke.
Coach Tom McCarthy returns with his wealth of knowledge and experience to Espanola to start the upcoming season. Coach Tom will be the one and only coach within the NOJHL with NHL experience. Coach Tom played 529 games in the NHL amassing 437 points with the Minnesota North Stars and the Boston Bruins (190 G, 247 A). Coach Tom played in both NHL Stanley Cup playoff games and NHL All-Star games as a star left winger. His credentials also boasts being drafted #1 ahead of Wayne Gretzky in the OHL priority draft, where he went on to play 2 seasons with the Oshawa Generals, including a 144 point season in 63 games with the Gens.
“Coach Tom will play a very important roll in the success of our organization in the upcoming season, as we owe it to our fans, sponsors and players to build a competitive team to go deep in the playoffs this upcoming season, that our great community can be proud of”, added Clarke.
Clarke also added “We have a new approach to building our team this year and we are pleased with the results we have seen already and this is only one of the significant changes you will see this year as we revamp our image and culture from the ground up.”
Coach Tom McCarthy has coached 4 of the past seasons in Espanola as the Head Coach, helping many young student-athletes achieve their dreams and goals. During the 2016-2017 season Coach Tom decided to pursue his own dreams and goals of coaching pro in Europe and moved on to coach in the pro MOL ligue in Eastern Europe. Now Coach Tom has returned to Espanola to his home and family to lead the Express in the upcoming season and many more to come.
Note: The Express will be holding only 1 open tryout camp this season. The camp will be open to any player who wished to attend and tryout for the team with birth years 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001. Players can register at www.espanolaexpress.com or email Randy Blake at [email protected]