Iroquois Falls Eskis have slated a press conference for 2 p.m. today at which time the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League team will introduce its new head coach, its director of northern scouting, its director of education and player promotion — and others.
Sources have told HockeyNewsNorth.com that Corey Bricknell has been hired as the Eskis head coach and that Iroquois Falls natives Guy Losier and Dan Dube will assist the team as director of northern scouting and director of education and player promotion, respectively.
A 39-year old from Port Perry, Bricknell has high-level experience as an assistant coach with the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League and the Whitby Fury of the Ontario Jr. Hockey League.
As a player, Bricknell was a hard-nosed OHL defenceman from 1992 to 1995, suiting up for a pair of erstwhile teams, the Newmarket Royals and Niagara Falls Thunder. He then went on to play six seasons at the minor pro level.
The 58-year old Losier grew up in Iroquois Falls and played minor hockey there before becoming an OHL star from 1975 to 1978 with the Windsor Spitfires and the old Niagara Falls Flyers.
In 182 OHL games, Losier scored 88 goals, 122 assists, 210 points. He then played pro hockey in Holland where he lit it up over one season with 63 goals, 56 assists, 119 points in 40 contests.
After retiring as a player, Losier returned to his area roots in nearby Hearst, where he has coached at the midget level while maintaining employment as the town’s recreation director.
A former scoring leader with the erstwhile Abitibi Eskimos during the 2006-2007 NOJHL season, the 28-year Dube later returned to his hometown of Iroquois Falls to take a teaching job.
He also gained experience as an assistant coach with the Abitibi franchise that has since relocated to Timmins and will begin play as the Rock in 2015-2016.
At today’s press conference, the Eskimos are expected to make other announcements that include player signings and corporate sponsorship commitments.