MC Monarchs, the newest team in the MidWest Jr. Hockey League, have made their first coaching hire.
Detroit product Jason McCrimmon will be the bench boss of the Michigan-based Monarchs when they begin play effective the 2014-2015 season.
McCrimmon, who helped Detroit Fighting Irish to the MWJHL playoffs this 2013-2014 season as co-coach, will join the Monarchs under owner-general manager Mark Gilman.
Of note, the 30-year-old McCrimmon is one of only two native Detroit African-Americans to play professional hockey. (Mike Grier, who played 1,000 games in the National Hockey League, is the other.)
After playing Division 3, National Collegiate Athletic Association hockey at University of Massachusetts-Boston, Northland College and Suffolk University, McCrimmon played pro in Finland and also had stints with several minor league teams in North America.
“We are looking forward to putting a quality team on the ice that gives kids in the area an opportunity to reach their full potential, whether it be personally or playing for a college hockey team down the road,” said McCrimmon.
McCrimmon and the Monarchs will begin training skates for potential players beginning on April 9 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Mount Clemens Ice Arena.