Espanola Express announce return of Tom McCarthy as head coach


Media Update

Release date: Monday, April 10, 2017

Espanola Express announce return of Tom McCarthy as head coach

ESPANOLA, Ont. – The Espanola Express of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League announced is pleased to announce the return of Tom McCarthy as head coach for the upcoming 2017-18 NOJHL season.

“We couldn’t be happier to welcome Tom back home, as his 20 years coaching experience is matched by no other in the league,” claimed Express general manager Chad Clarke.

McCarthy returns with his wealth of knowledge and experience to Espanola to start the upcoming season.

A coach with NHL playing experience, McCarthy played 529 games in the NHL amassing 437 points with the Minnesota North Stars and the Boston Bruins with 190 goals and 247 assists.

He also played in both NHL Stanley Cup playoff games and NHL All-Star games as a star left winger.

His credentials also boast being drafted No. 1 ahead of Wayne Gretzky in the OHL Priority Selection, where he went on to play two seasons with the Oshawa Generals, including a 144-point campaign in 63 outings with the Generals.

“Tom will once again play a very important role in the success of our organization as we owe it to our fans, sponsors and players to build a competitive team to go deep in the playoffs this upcoming season, that our great community can be proud of,” added Clarke.

“We have a new approach to building our team this year and we are pleased with the results we have seen already and this is only one of the significant changes you will see this year as we revamp our image and culture from the ground up,” stated Clarke.

McCarthy had served as head coach four of the past five years in Espanola, helping many young student-athletes achieve their dreams and goals.

During the 2016-17 he decided to pursue his own dreams and goals of coaching pro in Europe and moved on to coach in the pro MOL ligue in Eastern Europe.

He has returned to Espanola to his home and family to lead the Express in the upcoming season and many more to come.

McCarthy also led Team East to a victory over Team West as head coach at the 2013 Canadian Junior Hockey League’s Prospects Games in Nova Scotia.

NOTE: The Express will be holding only one open tryout camp this season. The camp will be open to any unattached player or having a permission to skate form who wished to attend and tryout for the team with birth years 1997 through 2001.

Players can register via the team’s website at or email Randy Blake at

For more information on the Espanola Express, visit the team website at or on social media at or