Blues name general manager, coach for 2012-2013 season
SPRINGHILL - The Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League Cumberland County Blues have a new general manager, a new coach, and a new executive for the 2012-2013 season.
Amherst's Terry McManaman has been named general manager, while Robert McLure has been named head coach.
"Terry brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the game, so he will do well," said new Blues president James Legere. "The new coach is a fellow out of Riverview, New Brunswick, Robert McLure."
Legere said McLure has extensive experience coaching high school and major midget hockey.
"He has 26 years of coaching experience and was named coach of the year in 1995 and 2006," said Legere.
Legere said he was impressed with McLure's resume.
"I was looking at candidates, and we had a few, but I never expected to have a resume like McLure's," said Legere. "We were very pleased he applied for the job."
As a player in the 1980's, McLure played for a Moncton Flyers Major Midget team that took part in the Air Canada Cup.
"From there he played in a U.S. college and the OHA (Ontario Hockey Association)," said Legere.
Legere said that McLure had the opportunity to make the jump to the NHL but decided to go the academic route, playing hockey for the University of New Brunswick.
"He came out of university with a bachelors and a masters degree in engineering," said Legere. "He is a vice-president of an electronic firm. He has an office in Toronto, an office in Atlanta and an office in Halifax, so he does much of his own scheduling."
McClure's son, Michael, played with the Blues last season.
"I know with Roberts background that he has a lot of contacts and can bring players to the organization," said Legere.
As president, Legere takes over from Doug Williams, who will remain with the Blues as director of hockey operations.
"We have 14 members on our executive and 11 of them are all new," said Legere.
Legere said assistant coaches will be named in the near future.
The Blues are hosting a dance and beer garden June 9.
"It's from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., with local bands playing," said Legere.