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French To Lead Hawks Hockey
Wilfrid Laurier University has appointed Mark French as Head Coach of the
Men’s Golden Hawk Hockey Program.

French comes to Laurier from the Ontario Hockey League’s (OHL) North Bay
Centennials where he served in the dual role of Assistant General Manager
and Assistant Coach.

“We are extremely pleased to have a person of Mark’s quality, caliber and
enthusiasm to lead our Men’s Hockey Program”, stated PETER BAXTER, Laurier’s
Director of Athletics. “He is a great teacher of the game who has a track
record of working with athletes in bringing their contribution level to it’s
highest potential”.

“I am excited about the opportunity to lead the Hockey Program at Laurier”
French says. “I look forward to building upon the Golden Hawk tradition in
Men’s Hockey and assisting in setting a future that makes Laurier a team
that will compete consistently at the national level”.

A graduate of Brock University, French played for the Badger’s Hockey team
from 1991 to 1996, serving as team captain for three seasons.

During his three year tenure with North Bay, French apprenticed under the
direction of Centennials Head Coach and GM, Mike Kelly, a former CIS coach
at University of New Brunswick. In 1997 – 98, French served as interim Head
Coach of the Brock University Badgers when current Canadian National Team
Associate General Manager and Assistant Coach Mike Pelino left the post at
Brock.

This past April, Mark was appointed by the Hockey Development Center of
Ontario as an Assistant Coach for Ontario’s under 17 boys team which will
compete in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.
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