Mississauga, ON – The Mississauga Steelheads announced today that they have extended the contract of Head Coach and GM, James Boyd, through the 2016 season. Boyd has been Head Coach and GM with the Mississauga franchise for the past 2 seasons, following four seasons spent as Assistant GM and Co-coach to Dave Cameron with the Majors.
Last season Boyd lead the Steelheads to the first round of playoffs in their inaugural season, before the team was eliminated in game 6 by the top seeded Belleville Bulls. Boyd is looking forward to his future with the club, stating, “I am excited at the opportunity to continue to build our team in both the short and long term in Mississauga. We have a tremendous staff on both the hockey and business side and I look forward to the future of this franchise.”
Boyd began his coaching career with the Belleville Bulls where he spent four years as an Assistant Coach before he was promoted to Head Coach for the 2003-04 season. After spending a year as Head Coach for the Bulls, Boyd joined the Toronto St. Michael’s Majors as the Assistant Director of Hockey Operations and followed the team when they moved to Mississauga prior to the 2007-08 season. Boyd has a vast experience behind him from both coaching and playing in the OHL. His four years of junior hockey included time spent with the Kitchener Rangers, Ottawa 67s, and the Belleville Bulls followed by another two years of Canadian Interuniversity Hockey with the Guelph Gryphons.
Steelheads’ owner Elliott Kerr is excited to have Coach Boyd on board for the coming seasons. “We are thrilled to continue our relationship with James Boyd. He is the leader for our hockey club both on and off the ice and continues to reinforce our overall mandate to develop great hockey players, great students and great people. He continues to strive to improve our club with the ultimate goal of bringing a Memorial Cup Championship to Mississauga.”
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