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Sarnia Legionnaires Coach Dan Rose has been named OHA Coach of the Year

May 10,  2012

Sarnia Legionnaires bench boss Dan Rose has been named Ontario Hockey Association coach-of-the-year.

The Point Edward native will accept the prestigious award June 8 during a ceremony at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

Rose said winning the award is an honour, but he was quick to add he couldn't have won it without the help of his assistants and players.

Rose has been coaching for 37 years, ever since he took the reigns of a house league club at the tender age of 17.

Winning the OHA honour as coach of the Legionnaires was especially thrilling, he said, because he was a fan of the team when he was a boy growing up in Point Edward.

Legionnaire general manager Bob Williamson said the award takes in all OHA clubs, including Jr. 'B,' Tier II Jr. 'A' and Jr. 'C' and 'D' leagues, among others.

Williamson believes the honour will help the team recruit players because good athletes will want to play for a coach with such an impressive record.

This past winter, in his first full season behind the Sarnia bench, Rose took the Legionnaires from seventh place to first. Along the way, the club set a record for most consecutive wins.