April 09, 2009

Ottawa 67s Assistant Coach Named

As reported in the Ottawa Sun:

"The Ottawa 67’s have hired former Cumberland junior A coach Mark Grady as an assistant to new head coach Chris Byrne.

Grady, 45, was coach and GM Grads' Central Junior “A” squad since 2005. He will be reunited behind the bench with Byrne, for whom he was an assistant with the Nepean Raiders CJHL team in the 2001-02 season.

“I’ve known and respected Mark as a hard working, detail-oriented coach and teacher for many years,” said Byrne. “We worked well together and had great success with the Raiders, and, since then, Mark has been extremely successful in Cumberland. He’ll be a valuable asset to our 67’s organization.”

Grady started his coaching career with the Cumberland Barons (now Jr. Grads) of the Cumberland Minor Hockey Association before joining Byrne with the CJHL Raiders. He went back to Cumberland and the CJHL Grads as an Assistant Coach in 2002-03, and was promoted in 2005-06.

Grady won Coach of the Year honours that season and again this past season with the Grads. He was also named Coach of the Canada East team at this year’s World Junior “A” Challenge in Camrose Alberta.

Grady, who has worked in provincial law enforcement for the past 24 years, says he’s looking forward to training camp: “I know training camp is still almost five months away but I’m really looking forward to it,” Grady said.

“I know we have a great core of returning players and we’ll have top-notch prospects as well. It’s a privilege to have an opportunity to work with them, with Chris and the 67’s organization.”

Grady hails from Halifax, Nova Scotia. He and his wife, Lise, have two children, Sean and Kayla."

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