Tommy McCarthy will be returning to the Espanola Express of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League for the 2017-2018 season.
The 56-year old bench boss is slated to make a full-time return to Espanola after coaching professionally in Europe in 2016-2017. He previously coached in Espanola for four seasons and has extensive coaching experience at the Jr. A level.
“We couldn’t be happier to welcome Coach Tom back home as his 20 years coaching experience is matched by no other in the league,” noted Espanola president and general manager Chad Clarke.
“Coach Tom will play a very important roll in the success of our organization in the upcoming season, as we owe it to our fans, sponsors and players to build a competitive team. We have a new approach to building our team and this is only one of the significant changes as we revamp our image and culture from the ground up,” the affable Clarke continued.
As a player, McCarthy had a storied career as a first overall pick in the Ontario Hockey League (Oshawa Generals) who went on to play in more than 500 National Hockey League games as a productive forward.
The Express will be holding only one open tryout camp this off-season. The camp will be open to players born in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001. Players can register at www.espanolaexpress.com or email Randy Blake at firstname.lastname@example.org.