Lincolns seek new Director of Hockey Operations and GM

Glen Childerley spent a season and a half with St. Marys

By Pat Payton

Special to the Independent

Earlier this week, St. Marys Lincolns announced that Glen Childerley is no longer the director of hockey operations/GM of the struggling Western Conference team. “The Lincolns board of directors wish Glen all the best in his future endeavors, and thank him for his time spent with the organization,” club president Brandon Boyd told the Independent.

Childerley, a Stratford resident, spent a full season and a half in that capacity. Childerley’s sons Scott (video coach) and Mark (trainer) are also no longer with the team.

Lincolns (6-20-1-2) are currently sitting in last place in the nine-team division.

“You look back to last season when we finished sixth (with 20 wins) and there were a lot of positives going on,” Boyd said. “Entering this season, our hockey operations personnel believed a top-four finish was within reach.

“As we build the support of the local business and hockey community, pressure increases to perform on the ice. In order to sustain this support, we must be proactive in ensuring our vision is on the right path.”

Boyd says the Lincolns will start looking for a new director of hockey operations, who in turn will help the management staff hire a general manager.

“We’re going to have both, but we’re going to hire a director of hockey operations first, then that person can help dictate who that GM ends up being,” he explained.

The president says the team would like to have a director of hockey operations in place as soon as possible. “We want to salvage this season, but we also want to build on for next year. We’re also going to be sure we find the right fit.”

Boyd reiterated that the recruiting of players is extremely important for a small-market team like the Lincolns.

“For St. Marys to compete at the Jr. ‘B’ level, we have to work that much harder,” he said. “Being a community-owned team, we don’t have the resources that some of these larger centres have.

“What we do have is a passionate hockey community with a rich Jr. ‘B’ history. By providing current and future players with a first-class experience, we can help them succeed here and in hockey beyond.

“We want to show people that we’re working hard to build a winner and that we’re taking the right steps to get there,” the president added.

Scouting staff emerges

The Lincs recently announced the hiring of Rick Smith as the team’s new Director of Scouting.

Smith has had a successful 35-year career in coaching and management, including a Sutherland Cup final with St. Thomas Stars. He also scouted for the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.

Area scouts include: Rueben Smith (Huron-Perth), Derek Matheson (Grey-Bruce area), Steve McIver (Kitchener-Waterloo and Guelph area), Kevin McKet (Niagara area) and Darrin Grasso (Sault Ste. Marie area).

McKet was recently a scout with the Ancaster Jr. ‘B’ team.

“In this geographical area, the battle for talent is so competitive,” president Boyd says. “It’s a battle to retain high-end talent and recruit in the first place. Hopefully, this gives us a competitive edge to compete with some of the bigger centres.”

New goaltending coach with St. Marys, meanwhile, is former Lincoln Kyle Brodhagen, of Stratford.

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