Friday, June 14, 2013

Trappers start anew with new home, president, director of operations-GM, head coach

Press Release

NORTH BAY -- The North Bay Jr. Trappers will embark into operations at the West Ferris Arena this season with an entirely new management team, a renewed vision and with local management at the helm.

Local entrepreneur David Beauchamp will be taking on his newly appointed position as President of the organization, heading up the day to day operations of the program, moving from his recent role as Director of Business and Community Relations which David admirably took on during the 2012-13 season.

On the ice, long time Jr. Trappers Executive Member Chris Dawson will head up the Jr. Trappers on ice program as Director of Operations / General Manager, overseeing the Jr. Trappers on ice program moving the team's future forward in North Bay while playing out of the West Ferris Community Centre.

Beauchamp and Dawson wasted no time in appointing their new Bench Boss with the recent departure of the always colorful Head Coach Tom McCarthy.

Zane Neily, has been appointed the Jr. Trappers newly appointed Head Coach and Assistant General Manager.

The former 5th round draft pick of the Guelph Storm, has major junior hockey playing experience with the QMJHL St. John’s Sea Dogs and the Saginaw Spirit of the OHL.

Neily spent last season as an assistant coach with the Cambridge Winter Hawks of the GOJHL.

Club Governor Tim Clayden commented on the future of the Trappers moving into West Ferris and their new management team heading up the club’s hockey operations.

"The contract with the City of North Bay gives the organization a chance to do very well on and off the ice each season."

"I am really happy for Chris Dawson as Chris has earned to right to head up his own on ice team with his own people and has always represented the Jr. Trappers, the NOJHL and the City of North Bay with class".

"His vision for Jr.Trappers hockey in West Ferris and for area local hockey players is to be commended," Clayden added,

"Newly appointed President David Beauchamp will be good for Jr. Trappers hockey as his heart in the right place and has been planning hard to give more local players an opportunity to play junior hockey at home while attending college and university at home."

David's enthusiasm for Jr.Trappers hockey in West Ferris is exciting for all involved, West Ferris, the players and the Trappers local area fans."

Beauchamp is extremely happy to be taking on his new role as President with the North Bay Jr.Trappers.

“This new journey we are embarking on is going to be exiting and I can't wait to work alongside Chris Dawson and Zane Neily and the many other members of our North Bay Jr.Trappers team,” said the former owner of the North Bay Pizza Pizza franchise.

“The first thing our organization is going to do is start committing to more local area players while building on defending our NOJHL title in our new home at the West Ferris arena. We also hope that we can continue to show that we are a great development program for players pursuing opportunities in both the Ontario Hockey League and University hockey programs.” stated Beauchamp

Dawson looks forward to the change.

"It's been an amazing three seasons as president of this hockey club and I'm excited in my new role while working closely with David and Coach Neily as we open a new chapter in our new home at West Ferris," said Dawson.

"I'm looking forward to working again and more on the hockey side of our program. This will mark my 7th year working within the NOJHL and I like the level of play that our league and our teams are reaching."

We are moving into a smaller facility but we are very excited to see the atmosphere in our building for NOJHL games. Our primary game night will be Monday nights this year and Jr.Trappers Hockey will be affordable, fast and thrilling for all junior hockey fans and families to enjoy.”

For more information on the North Bay Jr. Trappers, please conatct:

David Beauchamp, President
(705) 358-5531

Chris Dawson, Director of Operations, GM
(705) 497-4371

Zane Neily, Head Coach, Assistant GM
(519) 865-7807

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