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Kelly Nobes leaves Laurier after four seasons with the Golden Hawks.
Kelly Nobes leaves Laurier after four seasons with the Golden Hawks.
Kelly Nobes to depart Laurier
WATERLOO, Ont. - After completing four seasons with the Golden Hawks, head coach Kelly Nobes will be departing to take on the role of head coach at McGill University.

Nobes came to Laurier in time for the 2006-07 season from the Royal Military College Paladins where he also served as the team’s head coach. Prior to that, Nobes was an assistant coach with the McGill Redmen where he also played for the program through his university career.

Following a season in 2005-06 that saw the Golden Hawks deliver a 13-8-1 record and advance to the national championship, Nobes took over and posted a 22-5 season and again led the purple and gold to the CIS championship where they lost to Moncton in the semifinal. In each season he led the team to the playoffs including a Queen’s Cup in the 2006-07 season. While with the Laurier hockey program he earned a 77-26-8 record in the regular season and 11-10 in the post-season.

“Kelly has continued to build our men’s hockey program to be a perennial contender in the OUA West and the CIS Top Ten,” said Director of Athletics and Recreation PETER BAXTER. “Through the hard work of both Kelly and his staff, he has strengthened the Golden Hawk hockey program in developing well rounded student-athletes. On behalf of the Laurier Athletic Department, the team and Hockey Alumni, I wish to sincerely thank Kelly for his contributions to the men’s hockey program and wish him the best in future endeavours.”

As a head coach, Nobes has yet to miss the playoffs after nine consecutive seasons.

I’m extremely appreciative of the opportunity and support Laurier has given me and would like to specifically thank PETER BAXTER, and (Laurier Hockey Alumni President) Martin Kearns for their belief in me and their dedication to the Golden Hawk program,” said Nobes. “The team is extremely well stocked with talented athletes from the net out for the next several seasons and should continue to be a perennial contender.

Laurier will be conducting a National search for a replacement coach for the program. More information on this process will be posted on the Golden Hawk website in the coming days.
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