MVP to BR assistant coach

Randy Russon
January 2, 2021
Caleb Serre

Given his druthers, Caleb Serre would be in uniform this season as a freshman forward with the Laurentian Voyageurs of Ontario University Athletics.

But with no university hockey being played relative to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 21-year old Serre has found an unexpected role as an assistant coach with his hometown Blind River Beavers.

Serre, who is the reigning most valuable player in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League and a local scoring legend from four full seasons with Blind River, is now making the adjustment as an assistant coach for the Beavers.

“It definitely was not a part of my plan for this season but with no hockey going on (at the Ontario university level) I figured why not help out and coach,” Serre relayed to Hockey News North. “It is way different than playing and I am still getting used to it.”

Serre who joined the Beavers staff under his former bench boss in Blind River of four years, Kyle Brick, noted the stress factor of being a coach.

“I do have to say that I get a lot more stressed out behind the bench then I did when I played,” said Serre, who officially joined the Beavers as an assistant for a four game segment against the Rayside Balfour Canadians just prior to the Christmas holiday break.

Meanwhile, Brick, as the Beavers coach and general manager, is more than happy to have Serre on staff as an assistant.

“Caleb had mentioned to me that he was interested in taking on a coaching role and it went from there,” Brick told Hockey News North. “Having him has been a huge help since (Craig) MacDonald and (Dylan) King can’t leave the district because of their employment and it had only left me with (Jamie) Disano as an assistant for much of the time.

“With Caleb working locally (at a Blind River fitness center) and any chance of a (university hockey) season quashed, it was an easy decision to bring him aboard,” Brick continued.

Brick added that Serre is learning fast about what it takes to be a coach.

“He is learning quickly and I have already given him some more responsibility with our second power play unit,” Brick pointed out.

Then there is what Serre meant to the Blind River program during his spectacular playing career.

“Over his four years here as a player who became our team captain, Caleb embodied everything we want Beavers players to be. He has a lot to offer as a coach and a person. We are happy to have him … and the whole league MVP thing doesn’t hurt either,” Brick offered in further praise of his star player turned assistant coach.

To be sure, Serre ended his splendid four-year NOJHL playing career in Blind River in MVP fashion last season as he led the league in scoring with 113 points that included 47 goals.

In all, Serre established a Blind River franchise history record over his four years with the Beavers by totaling 117 goals, 152 assists, 269 points as a 5-foot-9, 175 pound mighty mite.

And now the franchise star is helping out his hometown team as a valued assistant coach as the Beavers take a record of 5-3-0 into the 2021 portion of the NOJHL season.

What you think about “MVP to BR assistant coach”

  1. Great addition Kyle and the boys. Can’t help but chuckle at the stress factor from Caleb. Lot different behind a bench than on the ice eh chum ???? I know you’ll do fine and learn lots from Kyle, Dylan and Craig.

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