Expected to run very tight ship
© Dave Mathieson - Cumberland News Now
Vaughn Martin (in overalls) is welcomed aboard the Colts organization by team president Kevin St. Peter. Also welcoming Martin to the organization is team director Cheryl St. Peter, with granddaughter Chloe St. Peter, and Colts fundraising coordinator George Baker.
AMHERST - Vaughn Martin had been named the head coach and general manager of the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League's Amherst Colts.
Martin was helping coach the Colts this year but he and the team parted ways just before the playoffs.
"I enjoy every experience I had, but I can understand what happened last year," said Martin. "They had some players on the team who were used to be treated one way and when I came in I was trying to teach them the way to win."
The Martin-less Colts folded early in the playoff season.
Martins said a big factor in his decision to accept the offer to return to the Colts was the fact that he will also be general manager of the team.
"I expect players to come out and work hard and to learn," said Martin. "Just because it's junior C hockey doesn't mean you give a C level effort. I want them to give an A level effort."
Kevin St. Peter, team president, says he is very proud to have Martin come aboard.
"He likes to run a disciplined ship. That's what I like," said St. Peter.
"I like the kids to be disciplined both on the ice and off the ice and to be accountable for everything they do," he added. "Last year that's something we didn't have as much of as we should have."
He says without discipline some of the kids began to think they ran the show.
"That's what happened sometimes last year and we don't need that."
He also doesn't need players coming to him all the time with their complaints.
"I don't need that, and I'm sure Vaughn's quite capable of telling them to sit in the stands," said St. Peter.
"Or they can go home," added Martin.
Colts fundraising coordinator George Baker thanked the fans for their support at Amherst Stadium, and says the product has been much better over the last few years that it was previous to that.
"Once you put a club together with a good coach that makes all the decision and a coach who puts a good product on the ice you will get the support," said Baker. "But if you have a zoo on the ice you won't get the support."
The team is on a good financial footing.
"The team is not in the hole. We have money and we have no bills owed," said St. Peter. "It comes from support of the fans and the businesses in the area and the work George does."
The do need volunteers.
"We need more people at the door," said Cheryl St. Peter, team director.