FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Northeast BC/Yukon Trackers are less than a week from their training camp, which will be run once again by a new head coach.
After former head coach David Johnston left at the end of last season, the Trackers didn’t look far to find his replacement. Former Fort St. John Senior Flyers bench boss Gerard Dicaire will be behind the Trackers’ bench this season, less than two years after stepping down as the Flyers’ coach. The two-time NHL draft pick won an Allan Cup and a Savage Cup playing with the team, along with an NPHL Championship. In 2013, Dicaire stepped behind the bench to coach the team to their first of two straight Coy Cup Championships in the Spring of 2015.
After stepping down to spend more time with his family, Dicaire said that he was given the blessing to return to coaching from his kids. He said that he plans on bringing a fresh insight to the team this season, which will be the second year the team’s curriculum corresponds to the Hockey Canada Skills Academy Program. He explained that three returning players from last season won’t be attending training camp initially, as they plan to try out for the Cariboo Cougars Major Midget team. Second year returning forward Connor Bowie also won’t be at this weekend’s camp, as he’s set to attend the Portland Winterhawks’ training camp ahead of the WHL season.
The Trackers training camp begins this Friday at 6:00 p.m. at the Pomeroy Sport Centre, and runs until Sunday. Dicaire said that the final cuts might not be known until next week, as he and his fellow coaching staff will need to look at the various players’ strengths and weaknesses.