Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Sea Dogs Name Ross Yates New Head Coach

Press Release

SAINT JOHN - The Saint John Sea Dogs are pleased to announce Ross Yates has been named the team's head coach.

Terms of the agreement between the Sea Dogs and Yates are not disclosed.

Yates, 54, has been an assistant coach with the Sea Dogs for the last two seasons.

Prior to joining Saint John, the Montreal native spent four seasons as the head coach of the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League between 2006 and 2010. He was also an assistant coach with the Crunch for six seasons, and has coaching experience in Europe.

Yates played centre for five years with Mount Allison University beginning in 1976. His on-ice professional career included time in the AHL and in Europe, as well as seven games with the NHL's Hartford Whalers during the 1983-84 season.

"We are very pleased to have Ross Yates as our coach," said Sea Dogs' President Wayne Long. "He has an impressive coaching background in Europe and the American League, and he was brought here because of his extensive experience."

Yates will also serve as co-general manager, along with the team's head scout, Christian Vermette.

Vermette is a former assistant coach with Rouyn-Noranda Huskies who joined the Sea Dogs' scouting staff in 2005. He also coached the Levis Commandeurs in Quebec Midget AAA Hockey League.

He is in his fourth season as the Sea Dogs' head scout.

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