The Erie Otters, celebrating their 15th season of play in the Ontario Hockey League, have announced the hiring of Dave Brown as Assistant Manager of Hockey Operations. The announcement was made by Otters General Manager Sherwood Bassin.
As Assistant Manager of Hockey Operations, Brown will be responsible for scouting the Ontario Hockey League, coordinating player development and evaluation.
Brown joins the Otters staff after serving with the Mississauga/Niagara IceDogs organization from 2003 to 2010, the last five seasons as General Manager. With Brown at the helm, the IceDogs reached the playoffs for four consecutive seasons, including a second-place finish in the Eastern Conference in 2006-07.
Before becoming an OHL executive, Brown ran the Tier II Junior A Milton Merchants during the 2002-03 season and the Brampton Capitals from 1999 to 2002. The Capitals won the Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League West championship in 2000 and 2002 under Brown's watch.
"I am honored that Mr. Bassin has given me this opportunity," Brown said. "I am proud to be part of an organization that has great core values and treats their players, parents, staff and fans well. I am happy to join the Erie Otters and their classy operation."
Additionally, Assistant General Manager Shawn Waskiewicz has agreed to a two-year contract extension that will keep him with the Otters until 2013. Waskiewicz has served as Assistant General Manager since September 2008, and has been with the club for nine seasons.
"I'm proud to be a member of the Otters family," Waskiewicz said. "There's significant potential with the core group of young players and future renovations of Tullio Arena."
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