Let`s all give Jim Newell a big warm Cochrane Crunch welcome! Jim was recently hired as an assistant coach for the Crunch. He was born and raised in Ottawa Ontario and currenlty lives in Cochrane. Jim played AAA with LMHA 79-83 Jr. D with Thamesford Trojans and 87-88 Sr. A Ingersoll “Bs”.
Some of his coaching experience includes 3 Yrs Midget, 2 Yrs Bantam 1 Yr Peewee,10 Yrs Specialized Hockey Schools with Ray Mackay Hockey (2001-2011)
I recently asked Jim how he got involved with the Crunch.
“I first met Ryan in a phone call last Summer. I had called Ryan to see if he was going to run summer hockey camps upon his new arrival to Cochrane, because I was considering doing some if not. We talked in great length about many things in the game. I also told him that I would be coaching the Midget team in town for the upcoming season. We then crossed paths several times around the rink thereafter and after our season ending tournament he approached me to see if I would be interested in an Assistant Coach Position next season. Once the Crunch finished their season, we sat down and decided this would be a good fit” Ryan wasted no time in putting Jim to work as they recently flew to BC to recruit some players. “In May we both went to BC to recruit some players and have found some players that will fit very well into our vision for the upcoming season. I am very excited about he upcoming season and the challenge of working with these young men.” Jim added “With a new season approaching and with the new players coming in, I am committed to instilling team unity, pride and perseverance. Our fans can expect to come to a game and see a team that will battle puck drop to Buzzer. Our goal is to exceed the excellent results of the past season” Coach Leonard is happy to have Jim on board and had this to say “We are very excited to add Jim to the group. He`s a big time skills coach. He`s been involved with junior programs down in southern ontario. His mindset for skills and drills is going to be a big impact for the program. It`s nice to have a second person on the ice to do more drills with the team and he has what it takes to win” Welcome Jim it`s Crunchtime!