The Sea Dogs will have familiar faces behind the bench next season.
The team announced on Thursday that the contracts of assistant coaches Jeff Cowan and Paul Boutilier have been extended. Details regarding the contracts were not released.
Cowan, who joined the Sea Dogs in November 2013, has worked primarily with forwards and penalty killers while Boutilier, who joined the club prior to the 2014-15 season, has focused on defense.
"We're very happy to have Jeff and Paul back with our staff this fall," said Sea Dogs general manager Darrell Young in a press release. "We believe we have one of the top coaching staffs in all of junior hockey. Our players respect them because they played the game. They were a big part of our success with special teams, faceoffs, defensive coverage and several other aspects of our game last year."
In other news…
- The Sea Dogs announced Friday that left winger Nick Fewer has accepted an invitation to training camp. According to a release, the 17-year-old “led the Halifax Metro High School Hockey League (HMHSHL) with 29 goals and 65 points in 24 games, 26 points ahead of the next-highest scorer. He was named the HMHSHL's Most Valuable Player.”
- The team also announced Friday that they have extended a tryout offer to free agent forward Tyler Smith. The 16-year-old “had two goals and nine points in 32 games last season for the Saint John Vito's of the New Brunswick/PEI Major Midget Hockey League (NBPEIMMHL). He added four assists in ten playoff games, and helped the Vito's win the 2016 Atlantic Midget Championship.”
- Round one of the QMJHL Entry Draft will be shown live on TVA Sports, Rogers TV and Eastlink TV. The draft begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday.