By Pat Payton
It’s kudos to president Brandon Boyd and the St. Marys Lincolns’ executive for taking the initiative and putting together a great scouting staff.
It’s something that this proud Western Conference team has needed for a long, long time, and it’s proof that Boyd, the executive and board of directors, and management staff are committed to winning. It may not happen overnight, but it will happen, and probably sooner than you think.
Recruiting in the competitive world of Jr. ‘B’ hockey is crucial. It might be more important than coaching because even a good coach has to have good players to coach in order to win.
New Director of Hockey Operations Jim MacEachern, new Assistant General Manager Greg Smale, new Director of Scouting Rick Smith and new Director of Player Personnel Paul Gaudet will get the job done . . . I’m very confident of that!
MacEachern, Smale, Smith and Gaudet are passionate hockey men who all have great resumes and will scour this area and beyond for good talent. Smale recently told the Independent that, “nobody will out-work us.” That’s the type of philosophy needed to build a winner, and all four men are already working hard towards that goal.
These four men will also oversee a group of area scouts, who will cover most of southwestern Ontario.
Many people have asked me recently, “what’s going on with the Lincolns?” Well, what is going on is nothing but positive. It means that Lincs have turned a page and the new management group wants to move this team from the bottom of the standings to the top.
It’s nothing against the men in recent years who have held the position of General Manager with the Lincolns. But the recruiting job is too big for just one person to capably do every year. Lincs have to compete with several Junior teams in this immediate area, and it seems that the best talent only wants to sign with the top-ranked teams.
The Lincolns are headed in the right direction, and I’m very confident that fans will see the green and white back at the top (or near the top) of the West standings very soon.