Laurie Barron providing instruction on the ice during the Mariners minor hockey school. Barron has been named an assistant coach for Team Canada east in the World Junior A Hockey Challenge. TINA COMEAU PHOTO
Hockey Canada has announced that Yarmouth Mariners head coach and general manager Laurie Barron will serve as an assistant coach for Team Canada East at the 2012 World Junior A Challenge being held in Yarmouth Nov. 5-11.
Barron, has nearly a decade of experience coaching at the Junior A level.
“This is a tremendous honour for me to serve as an assistant with Team East, especially given that the event is taking place here in Yarmouth,” says Barron. “It’s also a great opportunity as I will be coaching alongside of some of the finest coaches and players in Canada. Getting to work with these individuals and players provides me with a unique learning opportunity that I know will benefit me in my coaching career. I’m very excited to be part of this great event.”
“We are very happy and proud that Laurie has been appointed this coaching position,” says Yarmouth Mariners president and 2012 World Junior A Challenge chair Mitch Bonnar. “Laurie did a great job with the Mariners last season and given that he was named MHL Coach of the Year for his achievements, we firmly believe this appointment is well-deserved.
“He is well respected in this community and within the Maritime Junior Hockey League and seeing him behind the bench at home for the World Junior A Challenge will be a big thrill for all of us here in Yarmouth,” adds Bonnar. “We couldn’t ask for a better story leading up to the event in November.”
In the 2011-12 season, Barron led his Mariners club to a 35-14-1-2 record in 52 games. The Mariners finished first in their division during the season and went on to win the Bent Division title in the playoffs. In the league championship the team lost out to the Woodstock Slammers in triple overtime in Game 7 in the Kent Cup final.