Rangers name Andrew Dickson as General Manager
PRESCOTT - Judging by the past, the future looks very bright for the new South Grenville Rangers.
On Monday, Dennis Van Luit, owner of the new National Capital Junior Hockey League (NCJHL) franchise confirmed the names of the General Manager coaching staff for the new team. The GM and head coach will be Andrew Dickson. Dickson will be joined on the bench by Shawn Forbes as co-head coach and assistant coaches Dan Monk and Ron Harrison.
Dickson is no stranger to local hockey fans, having guided the 2014-15 Prescott Flyers to a Gil Cup championship. Most recently, Dickson was behind the bench taking the underdog Athens Aero squad deep into the recent CJHL2 playoffs, knocking off rival Westport and highly-ranked Perth before losing a close series against Richmond in the semi-final round.
The area resident is looking forward to a return visit to the home-team bench at the Leo Boivin.
"I am extremely excited about being back in Prescott," Dickson stated. "It is an honour to have been asked to help keep hockey alive for our area. Team wise, it's obviously going to take some time to reach out to the players, but I truly believe it will be a very competitive team and one that people will enjoy watching," he said.
Like Van Luit, Dickson envisions the new franchise bringing more than just hockey to South Grenville.
"This whole thing is about the community and our kids and young men that want to further their junior career," he explains. "South Grenville, as we know, is very receptive to competitive hockey and winning ... and we will do our best to bring both those things back, and get our arena full again. This new league is just as comparable to the way the old junior B was so it will most definitely be great hockey. South Grenville players should be very excited and proud to want to put some great hockey back in the area."
Dickson is just as confident in his coaching team.
"I will have an amazing staff as well as co-head coach. Shawn Forbes brings three Rideau St. Lawrence titles and an EOJHL title to the team, winning one in an unheard of undefeated season with the Kemptville 73s. That team consisted of 3/4 local players," Dickson notes. "And as for assistants, what more could you ask for than former Ranger and Flyer Captain Ron Harrison and all star defenseman Dan Monk, also a former Captain of Arnprior?" he finishes.
All and all, the new GM believes the formula is in place for success both on and off the ice.
"This team will be about fun, and about passion for the game. Hopefully with that will come success... and that's what we are going to build."