New MWJHL team hires coach

March 28, 2014

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.

What you think about “New MWJHL team hires coach”

  1. Jason is not only a “good Coach” he also a very good man it is this type of person who will help the image of the MWHL as it grows. Thank You for doing this story Randy.

  2. Kids who play for the MC Monarch will be in good hands with Coach McCrimmen that I can tell you beyond a doubt.
    He and his wife do a lot to help innercity kids with hockey & life persuits.

  3. The MW-JHL is a decent league that needs to improve the over-all skill level of the players in the league.
    Traverse City are a team that fits the mold of good players and good coaching & Detroit are another team that fit’s being a good program who brings in quallity players.
    It is my hope that a Canadian League will “raise the bar” for the Mid-West League as the potential is there that is what I think as a fan who sees 25 – 30 games per season in the NAHL (Michigan Warriors) and NA-3HL (Metro Jets).
    I seen 6 or 7 games in the MW-JHL this season all of them Detroit or TC.
    There is not much diffrence between the MW-JHL and the NA-3HL but both of them leagues are a big step below the NAHL.
    Welcome to the MC Monarchs & Coach Mcrimmon.

  4. Maybe the NOJHL should consider the idea of naming one of their Head Coach as the new commissioner whenever their current one leaves. Great idea.

  5. My baby brother Jason McCrimmon is a pillar in our family! I am so proud to have him in my life no matter where he is!! I love you Jason!!!!

  6. To my Youngest little brother Jason.Again I’m in tears, because im so Proud of You.Dad would’ve been even Prouder!!!tears of Pride but IT IS WHAT IT HAPPENS TO BE.I wish you your conference/league for the upcoming season. Love much.big bro! Barry D Young-McCrimmon

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