LeBlanc named to East­ern Canada Cup coach­ing staff

Ram­blers coach and GM to as­sist Bearcats’ Evans

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AMHERST – Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ram­blers coach and gen­eral man­ager Jeff LeBlanc has been named to the 2017 East­ern Canada Cup All-Star Chal­lenge coach­ing team.

Truro Bearcats head coach Sean Evans is the team’s head coach for the tour­na­ment in Tren­ton, Ont. from Nov. 13 to 15. LeBlanc and Yar­mouth Mariners head coach Lau­rie Bar­ron are his as­sis­tants.

“Hav­ing ex­pe­ri­enced the East­ern Canada Cup in the past I know what a well run, fun and chal­leng­ing event it is,” said Evans, who has 17 years ex­pe­ri­ence in the league and guided the Bearcats to the league cham­pi­onship last spring. “It’s an ex­cel­lent ex­pe­ri­ence for the play­ers cho­sen from the MHL to par­tic­i­pate in.”

LeBlanc is in his third sea­son as head coach of the Ram­blers. Prior to his time in Amherst, the 37-year-old from Monc­ton spent four sea­sons as the bench boss of the for­mer Dieppe Com­man­dos fran­chise (now Ed­mund­ston Bl­iz­zard).

Leblanc guided the Com­man­dos to back to back ap­pear­ance in the MHL fi­nal in 2014 and 2015, win­ning the cham­pi­onship dur­ing the lat­ter sea­son.

It’s been an event­ful time re­cently for Leblanc. In ad­di­tion to be­ing named to the staff of Team East­link, his Ram­blers were also named the host team for the 2019 Fred Page Cup ear­lier this week. For Leblanc, this will be his sec­ond straight year rep­re­sent­ing the MHL at the East­ern Canada Cup.

“Any­time you get to rep­re­sent the MHL at this type of stage is great hon­our and priv­i­lege,” said Leblanc, who was also named the league’s Coach of the Year in 2014. “Work­ing with the league’s best play­ers and coaches is a treat and I’m grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity.”

Bar­ron has been af­fil­i­ated with the Yar­mouth Mariners and South Shore Lum­ber­jacks dur­ing sev­eral stints over the course of the past 13 years. Cur­rently in his sec­ond sea­son since be­ing re­hired by the Mariners, Bar­ron con­tin­ues to build on a win to­tal that is among the high­est in league his­tory.

“I’m very ex­cited and hon­oured to be part of the East­ern Canada Cup in Tren­ton this com­ing Novem­ber,” Bar­ron com­mented. “I en­joyed my ex­pe­ri­ence last year and get­ting a chance to work with top end tal­ent from the MHL against those from Que­bec and On­tario is ex­cit­ing. I also have a lot of re­spect for both Shawn and Jeff and look for­ward to work­ing with them.”

Also join­ing the MHL at the event will be Ath­letic Ther­a­pist Marc Fran­cisco (Val­ley Wild­cats), Ath­letic Ther­a­pist/Equip­ment Man­ager Wil­liam Marr (Yar­mouth Mariners) and Equip­ment Man­ager Steve Lind­say (Truro Bearcats).

The ros­ter for the MHL’s Team East­link will be an­nounced in the near fu­ture.

Dave Mathieson – Amherst News

Jeff LeBlanc, Ram­blers coach and gen­eral man­ager, seen here walk­ing to the bench for the third pe­riod against the Camp­bell­ton Tigers last Satur­day, will also work the bench at next month’s Easter Canada Cup in Tren­ton, Ont.

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