The North Bay Jr. Trappers bolstered their junior hockey organization today with the appointment of Tim Clayden, acting in a dual role as the team Director of Operations and as the Club Chairman of the Board, overseeing the organization both on and off the ice, including player acquisitions, OHL Affiliation Agreements, NOJHL league matters, City Contract negotiations and the position will also be responsible for improving the Trappers relationships with North Bay's minor hockey association's and the University Men's ice
The former OJHL 1st Vice Chairman & OJHL Executive Member for the past 7 years has decades of Junior 'A' Hockey experience that include working with the North Bay Skyhawks for the first 3 years of their existence as a silent Founding Member while helping the club capture 3 consecutive NOJHL championships.
"It's a wonderful feeling knowing that you can continue to work in the great game of junior hockey and get home for dinner every night," stated Clayden. "It is also very exciting to once again be a part of the NOJHL and North Bay junior hockey family. It's a great game with so many great people associated with it. The Trappers have assembled a fantastic team off the ice in President Chris Dawson, VP Dean Pauli, CFO Billy Hummel and Assistant GM Randy Blake, all faces that have been good friends of mine for many years already and there's not a better Head Coach in the game today or one that puts his players and their dreams first and ahead of all others than Head Coach Tom McCarthy. We have lot's of work to do and I look forward to getting started with so many good people already on board"
"Timing is everything and the timing is very exciting as the NOJHL has quality leadership with Commissioner Mazzuca and Mr. Sequin at the helm. The NOJHL has never been positioned better. I very much look forward to working with Commissioner Robert Mazzuca and each league partner with a "league first mindset' and in doing our part to provide what we hope is truly only a positive junior hockey experience of a lifetime, one that we trust our players will always cherish, and our fans enjoy." added the Trappers newly appointed Chairman of the Board / Director of Operations.
President/GM Chris Dawson believes Clayden will also bring more stability to the franchise. "He is a longtime friend and mentor of mine and it's truly an Honor to finally work hand in hand with Tim," said Dawson, who will remain as President/GM of the hockey club.
"Tim helped (VP) Dean Pauli and I when we re-established the Trappers junior hockey program 2 years ago and his experience will truly be an asset when it comes to player recruitment and his off ice knowledge in the world of junior hockey make Tim an immediate asset to our team."
Trappers Vice President Dean Pauli is very familiar with Clayden as the two worked together with the North Bay Skyhawks, Port Hope Predators and Trenton Golden Hawks of the OJHL. "I have worked together with Tim over the course of ten seasons of junior hockey and I am excited that he has finally come home to rejoin the Trappers," said Pauli. "Tim is very knowledgeable, respected and connected within the (CJHL) Canadian Junior Hockey League. He brings passion and dedication to the Trappers and wants to win, which no doubt will carry over to the staff and our players alike, we are all very excited to get re-started."
Junior Trappers head coach Tom McCarthy was recommended to the Trappers by Clayden as the two are good hockey friends that had also worked together 2 years ago with the OJHL Trenton Golden Hawks.
"We 'The Trappers Family' are very fortunate to have Tim's experience and hockey knowledge returning to North Bay," said McCarthy. "Tim wears his passion for junior hockey and his hockey team up front and second to none and at a professional level, putting the interest of his team and our good character kids and their dreams first. The key to working with Tim is that he gives each player a commitment to work just as hard off the ice as our players do on, in helping our kids get to the next level. I look forward to working with Tim again as our relations are old reaching as we aspire to mutual goals, with the best interest of our players first. What a pleasure for a Head Coach it is to know that another in our organization is working for his team just as hard as his player's do each day'. I'm very excited and grateful to share the same approach to the game with another true hockey man, there is no doubt the Trappers fans have some very exciting seasons ahead!"