Shootout returning; plans being made for Lincs’ AGM on Aug. 10
By Pat Payton
St. Marys Lincolns’ president Brandon Boyd recently announced a couple of staff changes.
New to the staff this coming season is video coach Klayton Hoelsher. The 23-year-old suited up for the Elmira Sugar Kings for three seasons, capturing a Sutherland Cup title along the way.
Hoelsher, who hails from the Waterloo area, is also familiar with head coach Trent McClement as they won a Pollock Division title together as he led the Mount Forest Jr. ‘C’ Patriots in scoring.
Former Lincs’ video coach Jordan Paola will remain with the Lincolns as he scouts the Kitchener-Waterloo region and continues to assist the management team.
Moving on from the Lincs is Paul Gaudet, of Kitchener, who served as Director of Player Personnel.
“After joining the club in 2018, Paul has been a tremendously positive influence and we thank him for his dedication these past two seasons,” Boyd said. “He is going to spend more time with his Player Development Firm, Coach 63. We wish him all the best in this new venture.”
The Lincolns have no plans to fill this position at the present time, the president noted.
GOJHL holds on-line AGM
On June 13, all 26 GOJHL teams participated in a virtual AGM (Annual General Meeting) for the first time.
The league has a new logo. This also coincides with the revamped website for the league and all teams.
“Our stats program, website and video will all be using the same HockeyTech platform,” Boyd says. “The entire league will be using this.
“More exciting is the return of the shootout; there will be seven minutes of 3-on-3 hockey, followed by a shootout. Not everyone loves to end a game this way, but it was decided the best practice as both the OHL and NHL utilize it.”
Return to Play
When the league will return to action was the big question on the minds of most teams during the AGM, Boyd said. The Ontario Hockey Federation has held a series of web meetings to update members, which include both Junior and Minor Hockey associations.
“We will collectively lean on the province’s gradual re-opening structure, advice from local health authorities in each region, and ultimately cooperate with our municipalities and facility operators,” Boyd says.
“At the GOJHL level, we have a plan in place to start if given the green light. Some facilities are open for practice currently (London and Waterloo), others open in August (Listowel and Elmira) and some are still waiting for more information. We have created a ‘Return to Play’ committee to ensure we return to the rink, dressing rooms and ice as safely as possible.”
Lincolns’ AGM on Aug. 10
Typically, the Lincs hold their annual AGM in May, but it was postponed this spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are currently preparing to have it on Monday, Aug. 10,” the team president says. “More information will be emailed to the membership and posted in the Independent newspaper. It will likely be held on-line. We’re going to evaluate our options as we get closer.”