Sarnia Sting Announce Bill Abercrombie as Team President and Nick Sinclair as General Manager
Sarnia Sting Owner/ Governor, Rob Ciccarelli announced this morning that Bill Abercrombie will assume the position of Team President and Head Scout/ Director of Player Personnel.
"We think with his [Bill Abercrombie] leadership will guide our hockey club where we want it to be." Owner Rob Ciccarelli said "Quite frankly Bill will be responsible for the hockey team . He is responsible for the on ice product and off ice product. It's something we thought about for some time we think the time is now and we are very excited to have Bill lead the organization."
Along with Abercrombie, Rob Ciccarelli announce Nick Sinclair as the team’s new General Manager.
"Nick is someone I have grown to respect a great deal in our business and I believe his work ethic and eye for talent will make him successful." Ciccarelli said.
Bill Abercrombie – President
Bill is heading into his 11th season with the Sarnia Sting Hockey Club, 5 of which were spent as Director of Hockey Operations. Prior to his tenure as Director of Hockey Operations, Bill served as an assistant coach for the Sting in their early years.
Bill is highly respected throughout the Sarnia-Lambton hockey community, where he has been involved with the Lambton AAA Sting program and has been a very successful coach with the Sarnia Legionnaires Jr. B program. With the Legionnaires, Bill posted a very successful record of 63-30-8 during his two seasons as the Head Coach highlighted by a Western Junior B Championship in 2009.
Abercrombie’s playing background includes three seasons of professional hockey in Austria followed by a very successful stint with the Petrolia Squires. Abercrombie would play for the Squires from 1978-1983 and would capture two Alan Cup Championships (1979, 1981) the symbol of supremacy of Senior A Hockey in Canada.
"It's a big challenge one that I'm prepared to do." Abercrombie said "I know the people here and it's a very important season for us. Going forward we are very happy with the direction taken."
"Chemistry is huge in winning and I believe we are building chemistry. Nick and I have talked about this for years and I think we got it. We are on the same page as to how we want to build and the type of team we want to put on the ice, the work ethic and how we present ourselves in the community."
Nick Sinclair – General Manager
Nick is entering his 6th season with the Sarnia Sting and first as General Manager of the hockey club. Nick was originally hired as a regional area scout during his first year with the team (2009), and was promoted to Director of Player Personnel after two seasons with the Sting. During his 4th season with the hockey club he was promoted to Head Scout while also maintaining his role as Director of Player Personnel.
Nick has also been a part of Hockey Canada’s U17 Program with Team Ontario for the past 4 years. In his first two seasons with the program Nick served as an area scout with the team selection process, and has carried the role of Assistant Director of Operations during the past two seasons. During his time with the U17 Program he was part of the Team Ontario that captured a Gold Medal in 2011, and a Bronze Medal in 2012.
Prior to joining the Sting, Nick got his start in the world of Junior Hockey with International Scouting Services (ISS) from 2006-2009, after completing an Honours Degree at the University of Waterloo. During his time with ISS, Nick served as the OHL Head Scout from 2008-2009 where he was responsible for the OHL Draft Rankings and profiles of the top 150 prospects annually. During his time with ISS, Nick also assisted with the NHL Draft Rankings.
"Moving forward with our hockey team there's definitely a number of challenges and hurdles that lie ahead for us." Sinclair said "But in the same respect I think there is a lot to be positive about which I'm excited about. We kind of took our hits this past season it was a long year but I think there's a lot that came out of it, we got a lot of key building blocks in place right now."
Along with the highlighted appointments above, Mark Glavin has been retained as Assistant General Manager and will work closely with Nick Sinclair on all hockey operations decisions moving forward.
"Mark doesn't nearly get the credit that he deserves." Sinclair said "He's been a rock with this organization for 15 years. His loyalty and commitment and being a key team member is what it's all about. He has a wealth of experience at different levels not only within the organization but across the whole OHL I'll be leaning on him and bouncing off him more than he can count."