Soo Jr. Greyhounds of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League have brought aboard the highly regarded and well respected Denny Lambert as their head coach.
The 53-year old Lambert at least temporarily takes over the bench of the U18 Jr. Greyhounds from Sean Gagnon, who is under an investigation from the Northern Ontario Hockey Association. Gagnon is under suspension by the NOHA in the interim.
Lambert, who has been running practice sessions for the Jr. Greyhounds, takes the helm of a team that has a record of 1-4-0 through its first five games of the 2023-2024 Great North U18 HL season. Next set of activity for the Jr. Greyhounds on the Great North U18 HL slate is pair of Nov. 11-12 home games against the Timmins Majors.
Hailing from Wawa, Ontario and currently a First Nations police constable in the Sault Ste. Marie area, Lambert has had a long and stored association with the game of hockey.
Never drafted into the Ontario Hockey League or the National Hockey League, Lambert nonetheless made it to both levels as a relentless forward with a never quit attitude.
A hard nosed, rugged left winger during his playing days, Lambert skated for the Soo Greyhounds from 1988 to 1991 and posted 65 goals, 83 assists, 148 points over three full seasons in the OHL. Then, regular season and playoffs included, Lambert played in more than 500 NHL games with four different teams.
Following his playing career, Lambert coached the Soo Greyhounds for parts of eight OHL seasons, including three as the head coach. He has also coached the Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League and has the added experience as the northern scout for the Sudbury Wolves of the OHL.