Sudbury Royals of the new Canadian International Hockey League have tapped local product Trevor Blanchard to be their head coach.
KB Beals, director of hockey operations for the Royals, has confirmed the hiring of Blanchard, who was born and raised in Sudbury.
The 31-year old Blanchard played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League as a hard-nosed left winger who suited up with Owen Sound and Mississauga before playing 98 games over two terms with his hometown Sudbury Wolves for legendary coach Bert Templeton.
In addition to his on-ice efforts that produced 43 goals and 101 points over parts of four seasons, Blanchard was twice named OHL scholastic-player-of-the-year.
Blanchard later played three seasons at Concordia University and played profesionally in the Scottish Premier League where he was team captain for the Dundalk Bulls.
Academically, Blanchard holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia.
As a coach, Blanchard has experience that includes stops with the Sudbury Nickel Barons of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League as well as the Sudbury Wolves AAA bantams and Nickel City Sons AAA bantams.
He has also coached at Ontario Hockey Federation and Northern Ontario Hockey Association program of excellence camps.
In becoming head coach of the Sudbury entry into the new CIHL, which is an Ontario-based junior league, Blanchard will lead the Royals into what is an eight-team loop effective the upcoming 2014-2015 season.
Joining Sudbury as members of the CIHL for its inaugural 2014-2015 campaign are the Batchewana Attack, Espanola Rivermen, St. Charles Spirit, Central Ontario HTI Stars, Colborne Cramahe Hawks, Milton Battle Arts Cobras and Collingwood Ice.
PHOTO: Trevor Blanchard, now of the Sudbury Royals of the Canadian International Hockey League, has previous coaching experience, including being bench boss of the Sudbury Nickel Barons of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.