Team Owner and General Manager Louis M. Savona is pleased to announce Don Herrington as the new Head Coach of the Welland Jr. Canadians.
For the last 37 years, Herrington has been involved from ‘A’ to Jr. B, in various positions.
The previous two hockey seasons, he served as an associate coach with the Southern Tier Admirals U16 and U18 teams, where he coached the defencemen, including Hamilton Bulldogs third-round draft pick, Callum Cheynowski.
He coached the Buffalo Jr. B Stars, of the Empire Junior Hockey League, and improved their team by 35 points from the previous season. Along with this, he developed future NCAA calibre players.
Notably, Herrington owned and operated High Performance Hockey School, dedicated to developing OHL and NCAA calibre players. Alumni included Patrick Kane, Carter Verhaeghe and Cam Talbot, along with current NHL coaches, Matt Ellis and Ben Vanderlock.
He worked as a scout for an NHL agent, in the jurisdiction of Ontario, New York, Michigan and Illinois. Every player recruited was selected in the first two-rounds of various OHL Priority Selection Drafts.
He has coached high-level hockey with the Welland Tigers, Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs, Niagara North Stars, Wheatfield Blades and Buffalo Regals minor hockey associations.
Joining him on his staff will be Associate Coach Marcus Quinlin and Assistant Coach Tyler LeClair.
“I’m really thankful to join the Jr. Canadians organization,” said Herrington. “Looking forward to the challenge and bringing the winning tradition back to Welland.”
Don currently resides in St. Catharines with his wife and daughter. He’s a psychology graduate from the University of Waterloo, where he studied learning and motivation.