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MarcLafleur

Marc Lafleur
Head Coach / GM

For the last five years Marc has been the coach and GM of the Kirkland Lake Goldminers. During his tenure, the GoldMiners won the league title in 2014 and the Eastern Division regular season title in 2015. In 2016, the Miners were Eastern Conference Champions, League runner-up & Dudley-Hewitt Cup host and semi-finalist. In addition, Marc has served as an Assistant Coach for Team Canada East, for four consecutive years at the World Jr. A Challenge, was Head Coach for Team NOJHL at the 2013 Central Canada Cup Challenge, served as a guest Coach for Hockey Canada's 2016-2017 U17 Summer Orientation Camp and was selected to take part in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence. Prior to that, Marc served as Assistant Coach of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League from 2010-2012.

Marc was named NOJHL Coach of the Year for the 2012-2013 season and is certified at the Advanced Level of Hockey Canada’s Coaching Certification Program. The Bemidji State Alumnus earned his Masters Degree and had an 8 year teaching career prior to coaching full time.

Bryan Wilson
Assistant Coach

Bryan played 4 seasons as a defenceman in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League from 2004-2008. His most memorable experience was playing for the Drummondville Voltigeurs coached by Guy Boucher who is now the head coach of the Ottawa Senators.
After his junior career, Bryan completed his bachelor’s degree in the commerce program at Lakehead University. While playing for the Thunderwolves Varsity Hockey Club, he sustained a leg injury that side lined him from playing competitive hockey. Bryan has served as an assistant coach for the midget elite hockey program Les Élans a few years ago.
Bryan started his own financial services company in Hearst several years ago and has earned the Certified Financial Planner designation. He will bring a lot of hockey knowledge to the team and is looking forward in working with the Lumberjacks organization.

J-F Sylvestre
Assistant Coach

J-F Sylvestre is a former hockey player from Cochrane, Ontario. J-F played part of his midget hockey in Hearst for Coach Lafleur and the Élans. An OHL Sarnia Sting draft pick, J-F played several years of Junior Hockey in Cambridge and Kirkland Lake while completing his University degree.
As for coaching experience, J-F has been a senior instructor for PowerPlay hockey in Kapuskasing for the past 5 years. This past season, J-F showed his love of the game by being head coach of one of the Hearst minor hockey teams.
J-F is presently a teacher working at the french public school Passeport Jeunesse in Hearst. He is looking forward to be part of Lumberjacks staff for the upcoming season.

Marc-Alain Begin
Assistant Coach

Marc-Alain played 2 years for coach Lafleur in his midget years, who he still describes as the best coach he’s ever had. Marc-Alain was drafted by the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League in 2008. He played for the Abitibi Eskimos in the NOJHL for 2 years before graduating to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for the Val d’Or Foreurs where he played one year before getting traded to the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.
After his junior career, Marc-Alain played CIS hockey for the Laurentian Voyageurs for 2 seasons. After his two-year stint with the Voyageurs, Marc-Alain decided to come back to Hearst to find work. Marc-Alain has been involved in local minor hockey for the last two years in coaching duties.

Claude Lodin
Assistant Coach

Claude played junior hockey for the Hawkesbury Hawks before graduating to NCAA D1 program of the Northeastern Huskies where he got his degree and played 4 years. He also went on to play pro hockey in Sweden for two years afterwards.
Then, he came back to Hearst to teach at Clayton Brown Public School where he still works today. Claude also acted as an assistant coach for the Elans elite midget hockey program for several years. He is a teacher of the game and will bring a lot of expertise to the team.

Alain Blanchette
Goalie / Assistant Coach

Alain has been in coaching for over thirty years. He has coached at various levels of hockey and was the president of local minor hockey last year. Here is a brief resume of his past experience: 
• 34 years of coaching experience: (Initiation to Junior)  - various Rep and House League teams.
• Advanced Level Coach
• National Certification Coaches Program (Level II Certified)
• Since 1986 – Head Instructor or Assistant in various hockey school programs
o Moose Hockey School – Hearst
o Superior Hockey School –Thunder Bay
o Future Pro Goalie School – Hearst (Steve McKichan; Toronto Maple Leafs)
o The Wall Goalie Program - Hearst
o Hearst Hockey Camp – Head Goalie Instructor
• NOHA / Hockey Canada Development Camps
o Skills Development
o Developing Defensemen
o Skating Skills
o Goaltender Development (Rick Wamsley; Ottawa Senators & Hockey Canada Goalie Coach & Consultant)

Alain has been an English teacher at the local High School for the past 25 years. He brings a lot of knowledge and dedication to the team.

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