Special To The Standard
SCUGOG: The Port Perry MoJacks have reached into their past to help guide their future, with the recent hiring of former player Jeff St. Pierre, as an Assistant Coach for the 2019-20 PJHL season.
A Scugog Island resident, who split his minor hockey between the Port Perry Predators and Central Ontario Wolves, St. Pierre spent three seasons with the MoJacks, appearing in 140 total games and claiming a Cougar Cup championship in 2016.
After his competitive career came to a close, St. Pierre immediately stepped behind the bench, spending time as a coach with the North Durham Warriors Bantam ‘AA’ and Minor PeeWee ‘AA’ teams.
The 23-year-old jumped at the opportunity to graduate to the junior hockey coaching ranks, when recently approached by MoJacks GM Murray Parliament, and feels he brings a unique perspective to the position.
“Because I’m so fresh out of the league, and from Port Perry, I think it gives me a great advantage to relate to our players,” St. Pierre told The Standard. “I know how hard it is just to come out of the Orr Division, and what a grind the playoffs are at this level. And, as far as being a player, I can relate to players balancing work, school and hockey.”
One of the first orders of business for St. Pierre is to cultivate a local connection to the team and increase community involvement.
“When we won in 2016, there were eight players from North Durham that spent time with our team that year, and bringing in and keeping those local players and keeping them involved is something I’ve already been working on. If we can maintain that connection, hopefully it’ll strengthen our bond with the community,” St. Pierre explained. “We have the best fans in the Orr Division, and we want to bring back a culture of full rinks and meaningful games.”
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