The National Hockey League and the American Hockey League both have a third of their head coaches as player graduates of the Ontario Hockey League. This week we look at the East Coast Hockey League, North America’s tier 3 league and main affiliate to the AHL.
The ECHL has nineteen teams for the 2010-11 season with an additional team slated to join for 2011-12. Of the nineteen ECHL teams, nine of those teams have head coaches that played junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League. For a more in-depth article on this topic, check this out.
Jarrod Skalde, Cincinnati Cyclones. Skalde played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 1987-88 to 1990-91. He played with the Oshawa Generals until midway through his final season when he was shipped to the Belleville Bulls.
Nick Bootland, Kalamazoo Wings. Nick played three seasons for the Guelph Storm from 1995-96 to 1997-98. Bootland is in his third season as head coach of the Wings.
Ryan Mougenel, Las Vegas Wranglers. Ryan played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 1993-94 to 1996-97, split between the Owen Sound Platers and Kitchener Rangers.
Karl Taylor, Ontario Reign. Karl played three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 1988-89 to 1990-91, split between the Windsor Spitfires, London Knights and North Bay Centennials.
Larry Courville, Reading Royals. Larry played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 1991-92 to 1994-95. Courville began with the Cornwall Royals, following the team to Newmarket then to Sarnia before ending up with the Oshawa Generals.
Cail MacLean, South Carolina Stingrays. Cail played four seasons with the Kingston Frontenacs from 1993-94 to 1996-97.
Nick Vitucci, Toledo Walleye. Nick played two seasons with the Toronto Marlboros, 1985-86 and 1986-87.
Kevin Colley, Utah Grizzlies. Kevin played three seasons with the Oshawa Generals from 1996-97 to 1998-99.
Stan Drulia, Wheeling Nailers. Stan played five seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 1984-85 to 1988-89. Drulia began his career with the Belleville Bulls and moved on to the Hamilton Steelhawks. He followed the Steelhawks to Niagara Falls where they were renamed the Thunder.