The Ottawa 67’s today announced that Travis Crickard has joined the team as Assistant Coach. Crickard, 26, was Head Coach of the Ottawa 67’s Midget AAA team last season, during which he guided them to a regional championship and a silver medal at the Telus Cup Canadian Midget AAA Championships.
“Travis is an up-and-coming coach who brought the best out of the 67's Major Midget team this past season,” said Ottawa General Manager and Head Coach Chris Byrne. “He is a passionate person who wants to be a career coach, and Travis brings different experiences to our coaching staff that we feel will help our group. We look forward to his joining us this season.”
Travis, a native of St. John’s Newfoundland, is now completing a Master Arts degree with a specialty in Sports Psychology and Coaching Pedagogy (the science of coaching) at the University of Ottawa. Previously, he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree at State University of New York at Potsdam where he also played goalie for the Potsdam Bears. Prior to joining SUNY, Travis played for the Jr. “A” Woodstock Slammers of the Maritime Junior Hockey League and the Jr. “A” Flin Flon Bombers of the Saskatchewan Jr. Hockey League.
"I am very excited and honored to join such a prestigious organization as the 67's,” said Crickard. “The opportunity to coach with and learn from Chris Byrne and Misha Donskov (Associate Coach) is something I tremendously look forward to. I am very grateful to the Ottawa Jr. 67's organization for two terrific years that included a trip to the Telus Cup, and now I look forward to getting to know the players, working with the hockey staff and becoming part of the community that has such a strong hockey tradition."
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