The defending West Division Champion Rayside Balfour Canadians Jr. A hockey club have announced that two-year Head Coach Dan Cuomo has notified the Club that he will not be returning to the team for the upcoming 2020-21 NOJHL season. The Levack native has decided to remain in his home country of Holland this year due to Covid-19 uncertainties.
“I have enjoyed my time in Rayside for the past two years but given the circumstances, it’s time to spend time closer to home with my family in Holland” notes Cuomo. “We had a team that could have gone all the way last season. We had a very fast, skilled team with a great leadership group. I want to wish all of our players continued success as they advance their careers. One of the greatest pleasures in my life is working with these kids. I am really going to miss this group of young players. I am curious to see where they will end-up in the game of hockey. Many of these players have a great future in the game.”
Cuomo added, “I would like to thank Rayside owner Mark Burgess for giving me this opportunity. The team was operated like an OHL franchise last season and I want to thank everyone that contributed to such a successful season. I also want to wish Mark & Blaine all the best with the Rayside Junior ‘A’ franchise in the future.”
Cuomo compiled an impressive Head Coaching record with the Rayside Balfour Canadians including a 67-point season in 2018-19 with a .598 winning percentage. Last season, Cuomo led his team to an 85-point season and a .758 winning percentage and a NOJHL West Division Championship. In 112 regular season games, under Cuomo’s leadership, the Canadians record was: 71 wins, 31 losses and 10 OT losses for an overall impressive winning percentage of .678.
“It was great to work with Danny and his coaching staff last season” notes Canadians GM Jeff Forsyth. “The team really jelled in the second-half and showed tremendous improvement under Danny’s leadership behind the bench. Players skill development was Danny’s forte and we will continue to strive to achieve the winning player development formula that Danny created over the past two seasons.”
As the Canadians await confirmation of the start-up date of the 2020-21 NOJHL season from the NOHA, Ontario Hockey Federation and the Province of Ontario Health Officials, Forsyth will begin his search for a new bench-boss and Head Instructor to run a Team Skill Development and Conditioning Camp for returning players and prospects commencing in mid-September. Any local midget or junior-aged players interested in participating in the Skill Development and Conditioning Camp should contact the Canadians at: firstname.lastname@example.org