The Ontario Junior Hockey League today announced that Brian Perrin of the Newmarket Hurricanes has been named the 2010-11 winner of the Coach-of-the-Year Award.
During his fifth season as the Hurricanes’ General Manager and Head Coach, Brian Perrin led the club to the West Division, North-West Conference and overall OJHL regular season titles with a record of 40-7-3 for 83 points, narrowly edging out the South-East Conference champion, Wellington Dukes, for 1st place overall.
Formerly the club’s Assistant Coach and Director of Player Personnel for five seasons, Perrin would also spend seven years as the bench boss of the Stouffville Spirit before returning to Newmarket. During his five years with Hurricanes, the native of Cedar Valley, Ontario has led his club to a steady improvement in the standings and with playoff results, culminating last season as they captured the CCHL title with a four games to two victory over the Bowmanville Eagles. Ultimately, Newmarket would fall in six games to the OJAHL champion Oakville Blades in the Buckland Cup Final.
The Hurricanes continued that success this season, capturing the regular season crown with a .830 winning percentage on the strength of team play and a strong defensive conscience that would see the club allow the fewest goals in the OJHL with 116 goals against, 12 fewer than their closest competition. Special teams would also play an integral role in the club’s success this season, finishing sixth best on the power play at 21.82%, including a third best 67 power play goals scored, and fourth best on the penalty kill at 86.85%. The Hurricanes penalty killing success was augmented by 16 shorthanded goals, the second-best total in the OJHL.
Playing consistent hockey throughout the season, the Hurricanes were dominant from October to January, setting a league-high winning streak of 11 games from October 1-28, as well as a 10 game winning streak from November 28 to January 9. Even more impressively, the club had a 16-game home winning streak, running from October 11 to January 9; a stretch of three months without a loss at the Ray Twinney Recreation Complex.
Upon hearing of his selection, Perrin was quick to thank those around him for the club’s success, “It is an honour to be selected by my peers and being selected wouldn’t have been possible without the support of my staff of Steve Sedore, Kent Hutton, Scott Stevenson and Dave Harris.”
Paul Bedford of the Peterborough Stars was runner-up in the OJHL award balloting to Perrin. Bedford led the Stars to a 33-12-5 record for 71 points, finishing in 3rd place in the ultra-competitive East Division standings. The club’s .710 winning percentage marked a 13-point improvement from the 2009-10 season.
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