Timmins Rock of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League has stayed local in hiring hard driven, hard working Brandon Perry as its new coach and general manager, Hockey News North has confirmed.
Perry, who has coached the Timmins Majors of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League for the past four seasons, takes over from coach Corey Beer and GM Kevin Peever in being hired for the dual role with the NOJHL Rock.
Both Beer and Peever had, over the past while, left the Rock and the NOJHL for other ventures within hockey.
As for the 32-year old Perry, he played minor hockey in his hometown of Timmins before suiting up for the Kingston Voyageurs of the Ontario Jr. Hockey League for four seasons and then four more years with the Queen’s Golden Gaels of Ontario University Athletics. He graduated from prestigious Queen’s with a degree in Economics.
A smart, skilled center and former Ontario Hockey League draft pick of the Sarnia Sting, Perry finished off his playing career at the pro level with the Huntsville Havoc of the Southern Professional Hockey League. It was in the northern Alabama city of Huntsville that he met his wife, Allyson.
Perry returned to Timmins in 2014 to work and then took over a struggling under 18 Majors program in 2017.
A family man, Perry and his nurse practitioner wife have three kids, two girls and a boy.
Known for being passionately proud of his home town as a quiet, albeit tenacious individual, Perry gained a reputation for getting the most out of his players while coaching the Timmins under 18 team.
Now, in moving up to the NOJHL with the Rock, Perry takes on the coach and general manager role in what he says is a coveted position.
“I am super excited for the opportunity to be the new head coach and general manager of the Timmins Rock organization,” Perry told Hockey News North.
“As you are aware, I am extremely proud of where I am from and to combine that with my passion for hockey, I can’t think of a better opportunity to be coaching a junior A program than in my home town,” Perry noted, with obvious pride.
“I want to thank president Ted Gooch and the board of directors for showing confidence in my abilities to lead this team … I am looking forward to building a culture for long term, repeated success,” concluded the new, solid as a Rock coach.
Meanwhile, aforementioned Rock president Ted Gooch commented on the hiring of Perry.
“Brandon is a bright young coach and a great leader who has a track record of both effectively developing young players and successfully motivating veterans,” relayed Gooch. “We love what he was able to do with the Timmins Majors program and are confident that he has the best skill set to get the maximum potential out of our team.”