It is with great pleasure that the Brockville Braves announce the recent hiring of Todd Gill as Head Coach of the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League. The announcement of Gill's hiring took place today at a press conference at noon at the K-Rock Centre.
When the Gill family purchased the Brockville Braves organization in 2006, their goal was to operate the team in a professional manner, bring a winner to Brockville, and at the same time build Todd’s resume for coaching. He has been very fortunate to transfer his knowledge of the game as a player into teaching and has been very passionate about that. This opportunity presented itself very recently and, as a family, the Gills made the decision that Todd should not let the opportunity get away . It allows the family to stay in Brockville and this is very important to them. Todd will live at home but travel to Kingston and away for the Frontenac games, practices, and other commitments.
The Gill family will maintain full ownership of the Braves as they believe very strongly in the long range plan they set in 2006. They are very proud to be naming Jason Hawkins the General Manager/ Head Coach, and Jamie Mayo as an Assistant Coach and Director of Player Development. Joining the staff full time is Braves Alumni Matt Ward as an Assistant Coach. Matt played for the Braves from 2003-2006 and went on to play at Neumann College and then to the CHL and SPHL. Matt will be a welcome addition to the staff. Adam Gibson, also a Braves Alumni, is joining the club as the video coach. Adam lives locally and has a lot of valuable hockey experience as he played in the OHL, for Team Ontario, Team Canada, and UBC. Krista Gill will maintain her role as Business Manager and will be working very closely with Jason and his staff to build on the plan for a successful year, both on and off the ice. The goals set for the franchise have not changed.
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