Trevor Letowski is welcomed by Sting President Larry Ciccarelli with Bill Abercrombie
"The best candidate was right here." Bill Abercrombie, Sarnia Sting Vice President of Operations said as history was made on Friday after Abercrombie made the announcement that Trevor Letowski has been named the Head Coach of the hockey club.
"There wasn't one thing there was many" Abercrombie said when asked what the main reason for hiring Letowski. "But the thing we like the best was his communications skills in the way that he worked with the young players. We had a lot of response from our players, speaking highly of Trevor and wanting Trevor. He already had the room and that's a big factor."
The 36 year old Letowski becomes the 1st person to have both played for (1994-97) and officially serve as the Head Coach of the Sarnia Sting.
Letowski served as Captain producing 248 points in 187 games. The highlight of his junior career was capturing Gold at the 1996 World Junior Championships as a member of Team Canada. After junior he played in 849 professional games including 534 games in the National Hockey League with Phoenix Coyotes, Vancouver Canucks and Columbus Blue Jackets.
As a coach Letowski had served previously as the Associate Coach for two seasons (2010-11, 2011-12) and prior to that was the Assistant Coach (2010-11).
The Sting received over 25 applications for the position from across the country and even some from abroad. Letowski was offered a three year contract.
"I think it was a foregone conclusion even though we received numerous resumes and numerous phone calls, having Trevor be head coach was just a natural progression for this organization." said Sting President and co-owner Larry Ciccarelli I don't think that there is anybody including our season ticket holders that would think anything different, it was the perfect fit and the right step.
The Sting has not selected a General Manager at this time. The Management Group will be consulting with employees from the team and the staff at the RBC for their input before setting on a new general manager. When Trevor was asked if he would like that position he said "No, no, no, no thank you!"