Ottawa, ON – The three-time defending CCHL champion Ottawa Jr. Senators announced today changes within the Hockey Operations Department. Jamie Mayo will serve as the club’s General Manager, leaving his post as Associate Coach and Ryan Hand has been promoted to an Assistant Coach ahead of the 2022-2023 season. Meanwhile, the team also added Lino Dixon as an Assistant General Manager.
Mayo enters his ninth season as part of the Junior Senators staff and second as the team’s General Manager. He continues to play a part in the organizations scouting and recruiting efforts. A veteran of the CCHL circuit, Mayo started in Brockville where he helped the Braves win a Fred Page Cup in 2010 and earn a berth in the RBC Cup in Dauphin, Manitoba. Following stops in Carleton Place and as a Head Coach with the Cumberland Grads, Mayo landed a position with the Junior Senators in 2015 and has been an important part of the team’s success, reaching the CCHL Finals for five straight seasons, winning three-straight Bogart Cups, and capturing back-to-back Fred Page Cups in 2018 and 2019.
Hand joined the Jr. Senators staff a year ago as a Skills Coach. Playing four seasons with the QMJHL’s Baie-Comeau Drakkar from 2002-2006, Hand racked up 12 points and 539 penalty minutes in 140 games. Following junior, Hand would go on to play 367 professional games in six different leagues. He captured an LNAH (Ligue Nord-Américane de Hockey) title with the Thetford Mines Isothermic in 2015. After retiring in 2017, Hand returned home and joined the Hawkesbury Hawks coaching staff. Following two seasons as an assistant in the CCHL, he joined the Alexandria Glens under Carl Robillard in the EOJHL. Hand owns and operates Handmade Hockey, a program that offers hockey training and skill development. The Ottawa native appeared on the bench several times last season and now will be a pillar beside fellow Assistant Coach Stuart Battrick, rounding out Head Coach Kyle Makaric’s staff.
Dixon is joining the Jr. Senators after spending the last two seasons scouting at the CHL level with the WHL’s Seattle Thunderbirds and the OHL’s Mississauga Steelheads. He also spent four years with the Notre Dame Hounds Hockey Club as a coach, manager, and director of scouting. Dixon is also an associate with Norton Sports Management and is responsible for scouting hockey players with the intent of recruiting them to his agency. The Ottawa native will help with the scouting and recruiting of local and out-of-town players. He will also help with the day-to-day operation of the hockey club.
The Jr. Senators commence training camp later this month, before opening their title defence on September 21 against the Navan Grads.
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