The Bonnyville Pontiacs
of the Alberta Junior Hockey League
are proud to announce the hiring of their new Head Coach and General Manager Chad Mercier
.Chad was born and raised in Bonnyville and played minor hockey locally until his 15th year, when he left to join the Fort Saskatchewan Midget â€˜AAA' Rangers.After a brief stint with Fort Saskatchewan he joined the Regina Pats of the WHL, playing goal for the Pats from 1992-1997.After his playing career ended, he joined the Pats Front Office as an Executive Assistant where he gained valuable experience in the business side of hockey operations.In 1998 Chad was appointed Assistant Coach of the Pats and remained in that position until 2004.He
then moved to the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL
as Associate Coach for the next two seasons.
Pontiacs Vice-President Dennis Germain: "Chad
brings a wealth of hockey and business knowledge to the organization.
has mentored with some great coaches and is well-respected in the hockey community, but he
also brings several other key skills to our program.He
has a great deal of experience in marketing, player education programs, and community relations programs.This, along with extensive knowledge of the game and a huge network of contacts throughout Western Canada, makes Chad
the perfect fit for the Pontiacs."
Saskatoon Blades Head Coach/GM
Lorne Molleken: "The experience Chad
has had working with many different top coaches in the Western Hockey League
will lend itself well to him running his own team and working with the young men that will don the Pontiacs jersey.
Governor & President Jack Brodsky: "Chad
is an outstanding young man with a great future in hockey.We are thankful for the opportunity we had to work with him and we wish Chad
family all the best in Bonnyville
."Bonnyville Pontiacs Head Coach/General Manager Chad Mercier: "My family and I are excited to join the Bonnyville Pontiacs and also the community of Bonnyville and the Lakeland area.