Iroquois Falls Eskis of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League are getting close to naming a new head coach.
“It will happen sooner than later,” said Kevin Cain, senior advisor to Allan Donnan, who owns both the Eskis and the French River Rapids of the NOJHL.
Cain told HockeyNewsNorth.com that he has spoken to a number of “good, solid candidates” for the Eskis coaching position that became vacant about a month ago when Taurean White left and took a bench job with the Kingston Voyageurs of the Ontario Jr. Hockey League.
Cain, to be sure, is settling in to his new NOJHL gig while juggling a family life that includes his son’s high school graduation.
A former highly-successful general manager of the Soo Thunderbirds, Cain recently left the reigning champions and subsequently accepted an offer from Donnan to oversee his NOJHL teams.
As Cain puts the finishing touches on hiring a new coach for Iroquois Falls, the volunteer group that fuels the community-related activities for the new-look Eskis is busily prepping for the 2015-2016 NOJHL season that begins during the second week of September.
Community co-ordinator Allison Madden-Blais, an upbeat individual and long-time Eskis volunteer, said the “many hockey fans” in Iroquois Falls who she talks to “are very excited for a new chapter with a new owner. And having Kevin Cain involved with the team is just another reason to be pumped up.”