Royals tab ex-NHLer Maracle coach; sign Boulton

by Matt Mackinder

The Brampton Royals have announced the signing of two individuals that will help the team between the pipes this season.

Highly-experienced hockey legend Norm Maracle has joined the program as head coach, while

Nick Boulton has signed to play in the crease this upcoming season.

Forward Byron Dick has also signed with the Royals.

In addition, the Royals have announced that South Fletcher Arena in Brampton will be the organization’s home rink.

Maracle played in the National Hockey League for the Detroit Red Wings and Atlanta Thrashers and also in Europe, retiring in 2012 after an 18-year pro career. He also led the Orlando Solar Bears to the 2001 IHL Turner Cup championship.

Now 42, Maracle, a Belleville, Ont., native, was originally drafted in the fifth round (126th overall) by the Red Wings in the 1993 NHL Draft.

At this stage of his life, Maracle is focused on sharing his love and passion for the game with the athletes of the future, seeing this as a way to give back and also stay close to the game we all love so very much

Boulton comes to Brampton as a focused student-athlete. As he starts his second year at the University of Guelph studying accounting, he is also more than ready to take his role this season between the pipes balancing a full school schedule and hockey schedule.

“He is a prime example of what our program represents and we are honored to have him suit up for us this season,” said Maracle.

The upcoming CPJHL season is quickly approaching and the Royals have a lot of great things in the works, including showcases and opportunities for players to display their talent and to be seen by scouts looking to add assets to their roster in the future years.

The team’s tryout camp is limited based on roster availability.

For more information, contact Maracle at (613) 912-9134 or