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Canadians hire new GM

The Rayside Balfour Canadians are excited to announce Jeff Forsyth as the team’s new General Manager of Hockey Operations.

Born and raised in Sudbury, Forsyth joins the Canadians after 8 years of coaching with the Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves of the GNML, and 3 years as the Northern Ontario Scout for the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have Jeff oversee our Hockey Operations staff for the 2019-20 season,” said Owner Mark Burgess.

“Jeff is a knowledgeable and decorated local hockey mind, who shares in our drive to make the Rayside Balfour Canadians the premiere Canadian Junior A hockey franchise.”

During his 8 years with the Nickel Capital Wolves (2010-2018) the team won 4-GNML(NOHA) Championships, 1-OHF Championship (2011-12) and represented the Central Region on two occassions at the National Championship Telus Cup in Leduc, Alberta in 2012 and in Sudbury, Ontario in 2018. During those years Forsyth spent time coaching at numerous levels of minor hockey along with sitting on the Sudbury Minor Hockey Association (SMHA) Board of Directors. In 2014 Forsyth was selected as an Assistant Coach with the OHA Cup-Team NOHA Major Midget AAA and spent 2 seasons as a player evaluator for Team NOHA.

“I’m very excited to join the Rayside Balfour Canadians,” said General Manager Jeff Forsyth. “I’d like to thank the Burgess family for their support and for their trust. We have great opportunity in Rayside to build a model Canadian Junior A hockey franchise. I can’t wait to show our loyal and supportive fanbase in Rayside the commitment, drive, and passion that our team will possess this upcoming season.”

Moving to the OHL Wolves in 2016, Forsyth was the local eyes for 3 drafts with the Sudbury Wolves Organization. Jeff was responsible for the primary talent evaluation all northern talent selected in the OHL Priority Selection including Owen Robinson, Joe Mazur, Chase Stillman, Alex Vendette, Parker Savard, Samuel Vachon and Giordano Biondi.

Jeff resides in Sudbury with his wife Tammy, daughter Avery, and son Rylan.