The Saugeen Shores Winterhawks introduced Matt Turcotte as their new head coach on Friday during the team’s year-end awards banquet.
A native of Port Elgin, Turcotte brings a winning pedigree to the Winterhawks tradition of success on the ice.Joining the Winterhawks as a player during the inaugural season in 2007/08, Turcotte played six seasons and won three WOAA Sr. “AA” championships along the way.
“Matt was quickly identified as our top candidate for the head coaching position,” said President Gord Lamont. “He brings experience and enthusiasm to the job, we’re fortunate to be able to bring an alumnus on board as our head coach.”
Always popular amongst fans and teammates, “Turk” sits 10th all-time in franchise games played (107) and 2nd in penalty minutes (282).
After wrapping up his playing career following the 2014/15 season, Turcotte stepped behind the bench with Saugeen Shores Minor Hockey Association’s Bantam-B team.
Turcotte replaces Jim Grieve, who informed the team during the season that he would not be returning for the 2018/19 season.
Grieve departs after a total of three seasons behind the Winterhawks bench, compiling a record of 51-11-2 with one championship.