Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Bill McDonald Leaving Americans

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Allen, Texas – The Allen Americans of the Central Hockey League announced on Wednesday that Senior Advisor of Hockey Operations, Bill “Macker”  McDonald, has been named the new head coach at Lakehead University at Thunder Bay, Ontario.

McDonald has been with the Allen Americans hockey club since day one, serving as an Associate Coach to former Head Coach and GM Dwight Mullins for three seasons, and this year serving as Senior Advisor to Hockey Operations.

"It’s a good day, but a sad day,” said Bill McDonald. “It’s exciting to have an opportunity to coach such a prestigious university in Canada, like Lakehead University, and I’m honored they selected me. It’s also very tough to say goodbye to so many great friends and fans, as well as so many great memories from Allen. A special thanks to Dwight Mullins, Doug Miller and Matt Canavan, who brought me here to be a part of this organization. I would also like to thank  Richard Matvichuk, Craig Ludwig, Mike Modano Ed Belfour, Steve Duchesne, and Steve Martinson for giving me an opportunity to work with such true professionals this season. It’s been an honor. I will miss being a part of this community, but am looking forward to going home and starting a new challenge.

He will remain with the club for the rest of the season, before returning to Canada to take his new spot behind the bench at Lakehead University. McDonald was responsible for bringing such talent to Allen as Bruce Graham, Jarret Lukin, Justin Bowers, Mike Kompon, Nino Musitelli and Dave Bonk, just to name a few.

The Allen Americans organization would like to thank Bill McDonald for all his hard work in bringing top notch talent to the Americans these past four seasons. He will be greatly missed and we wish him the best in his new adventure.

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