Thursday, March 28, 2013

Lakehead University Press Release Re: McDonald


John Payetta
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Lakehead University and the Thunderwolves hockey program are pleased to announce that Bill McDonald has been named the team’s new Head Coach.

McDonald replaces Mike Busniuk, who had been at the Wolves’ helm on an interim basis since taking over for Joel Scherban early this past season.
"Welcoming McDonald into the role of Thunderwolves head coach only strengthens our hockey program," said Lakehead University Athletics Director, Tom Warden. "Our pride in his appointment is matched only by our appreciation and gratitude for our interim coaches who performed admirably all season."

A native of Thunder Bay, McDonald began his coaching career with the Thunder Bay Twins in 1986.  From 1991 to 1995, he led the Thunder Bay Thunder Hawks and Senators to three Colonial/United League championships in four years.

In 1997, McDonald guided the Fort Worth Fire to a Central Hockey League title in only his second season in the CHL.  He was also the bench boss of various professional teams between 1998 and 2009, with stops in Lubbock of the WPHL, New Mexico and Austin of the CHL, Michigan of the IHL, and Dayton of the ECHL.
McDonald has been named coach of the year three times in three different leagues during his career, having been awarded the honor in the UHL in 1993, the CHL in 1997, and the WPHL in 1998.

From 2009 to 2012, McDonald was the Assistant Coach of the Allen Americans of the CHL, where former Thunderwolves Chris Whitley and Tobias Whelan played.  At the start of this season, McDonald moved into the front office in Allen, where he is the Senior Advisor of Hockey Operations.  McDonald plans to finish out the season in Allen, Texas before moving back to Thunder Bay.

Thunderwolves Hockey will host an introductory media conference at a later date to be announced.

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