The Summerside Western Capitals Hockey Club announced the team’s new head coach today at a news conference in Summerside. General Manager, Gabe Keough introduced former NHL player Gordie Dwyer as their new Head Coach and Associate General Manager.
Dwyer played 310 games in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, scoring 205 points on 70 goals and 135 assists while totaling 1,582 penalty minutes. A third round, 67th overall pick of the St. Louis Blues in the 1996 entry draft, the rugged winger began his professional hockey career in the American Hockey League and broke into the National Hockey League with the Tampa Bay Lightening in the 1999-2000 season. He has also played with the New York Rangers and the Montreal Canadians. In his professional hockey league career, Dwyer has scored 34 goals along with 64 assists and 1,796 penalty minutes in 486 games. The last two seasons, Dwyer played in Europe.
Keough said, “Gordie’s energy and enthusiasm for our hockey program was evident throughout the interview process. He brings multiple qualities of hockey knowledge, character, professionalism and passion to the game.”
The Summerside Western Capitals are coming off a very successful 2008 – 2009 season, winning the Maritime Junior A Hockey League Championship, the Eastern Canadian, Fred Page Cup Championship and competed at the Royal Bank Cup national championship.
Dwyer said, "The Summerside Western Capitals Club have a terrific franchise, with a tradition of great coaches such as Doug MacLean, Gerard Gallant, Forbes Kennedy, Grant Sonier, Jim Clark and Dave Cameron. This is a great opportunity for me to gain valuable coaching experience. The City of Summerside is a great hockey community, with great fans and a first class facility. I look forward to the 2009-2010 hockey season with excitement."
Dwyer, originally from New Brunswick resides in Seaview, PE, with his wife Louise and two boys, Jack and Ryan.
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