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Hockey Operations

Marc-Alain Bégin
Head Coach 

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. Before being named the second headcoach in the history of the Hearst Lumberjacks in July 2020, Marc-Alain served as an assistant coach for 2 seasons with the Jacks.

Bryan Leger
Assistant Coach

Bryan is entering his third season as an Assistant Coach with the Lumberjacks in 2020-2021.

 

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 an English teacher at the local High School for the past 25 years. He has coached at various levels of hockey and was the president of the Hearst Minor Hockey Association .  He has more than 35 years of coaching experience from the initiation level all the way up to junior hockey. Alain is also level II certified coach from the National Certification Coaches program. Alain brings a lot of knowledge and dedication to the team, since 1986, he has been involved with multiples local hockey programs. He is also involved with multiple NOHA / Hockey Canada development camps.

Alain Comeau
General Manager

 

Alain Rioux
Director of Hockey Operations

Alain moved to Hearst a few years ago and immediately got involved as an assistant coach for the Hearst Elans and then worked with minor hockey teams in different coaching duties.

He has coached and worked with players from every age level for the last 30 years. He brings a lot of dedication and passion to the table.

Alain also has been organizing events for several years. He was the Sports Director in Dubreuilville and has organise the Strong Man Challenge Festival for several years. He has been involved in minor hockey for 20 years and was president for several years. 

Alain is an exceptional volunteer and a passionate hockey man who is a great addition for the Lumberjacks.