Generals name former NHL goaltender, Stanley Cup champ Maracle as new head coach

by Matt Mackinder

The Seaforth Generals have announced that the club has hired former NHLer and Stanley Cup champion Norm Maracle as the team's new head coach.

Maracle brings a tremendous wealth of hockey knowledge to the Generals program- one that has continually progressed every year they have been in the CPJHL.

"I’m looking forward to working with TJ and developing these players," Maracle said. "I want to bring a winning attitude to the dressing room. Win or lose, we will leave it all on the ice and give the best fan base in the league a great show every game."

Maracle's hockey career started with the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL. In 1993, he was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings, spending the next five seasons playing for the Red Wings and their AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Red Wings. In 1999, Maracle was selected by the Atlanta Thrashers in the NHL Expansion Draft. He remained with the Thrashers organization for four seasons before signing with Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL. Maracle spent the following nine seasons playing in Russia, Germany and Slovenia before retiring.

“Coach Maracle will be a welcome addition to take the Generals to the next level," said Seaforth GM TJ Runhart. "With his years of playing at the highest levels and the game being played literally right in front of him, the players will learn a lot this season."