The 2011-2012 hockey season may be over for the Orangeville Junior 'A' Flyers, but they have already started building for the next Ontario Junior Hockey League campaign.
Flyers owner/governor David Arsenault announced that Dana Baker will take over as General Manager of the club, effective immediately, replacing Barry Rice, who will leave the club to concentrate on his player advisory business.
Baker is no stranger to the Flyers, having worked as the Associate General Manager for the Flyers (and former Villanova Knights) for the past two seasons.
Prior to his time with the Flyers/Knights, Dana spent six years with the Brampton Capitals working in a variety of positions, which include the final four years as General Manager. His minor hockey years were spent coaching and managing in the GTHL with the Mississauga Reps and Toronto Marlies organizations.
Retired from the Toronto Police Service in February 2011 after 35 plus years of service, Baker would like to thank Barry Rice for the fine job he did as GM of the organization over the past three seasons. "My goal is make the Flyers franchise one of the elite programs in the OJHL and one that the citizens of Orangeville can be proud of," said Baker, who has been busy at area arenas scouting prospective players for next season.
"The transition from Barry to Dana should be a smooth one," said Arsenault in announcing the change. "Barry and Dana worked hand-in-hand over the past couple of seasons and the philosophies they shared will remain in place. I would like to thank Barry Rice for the time and efforts he put in on behalf of the organization, building a struggling Villanova program into a competitive operation in Orangeville. We wish Barry all the best in his new business."
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