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Martin Dagenais joins Ottawa 67’s as Assistant Coach


Ottawa, ON – The Ontario Hockey League’s Ottawa 67’s have hired Martin Dagenais as an Assistant Coach, the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group announced Wednesday, bringing to an end a hugely successful run behind the OJS bench.

Dagenais joined the Jr. Senators as an Assistant Coach in 2011-2012 under then Head Coach Rick Dorval. He quickly blossomed into the team’s Head Coach and General Manager prior to the 2014-2015 season.

At the helm, Dagenais guided the Jr. Senators to a career 252-95-29 record. His reign included six-straight Yzerman Division championships, four league finals appearances, and back-to-back Bogart Cups and Fred Page Cup championships.

The Marionville native represented Team Canada East on four different occasions at the World Junior A Challenge. After serving as an assistant twice, and winning a silver medal in 2016, Dagenais then led the team to another silver medal after his squad lost in double overtime in the gold-medal match against Russia. Prior to the cancelled 2020 rendition of the tournament, Dagenais was appointed the bench boss for a second straight year.

Dagenais was the recipient of the 2014-2015 CCHL General Manager of the Year award, while also being named a first-team all-star. He then went on to collect multiple all-star team awards, both as a Head Coach and General Manager.

After leading OJS to their second straight Bogart and Fred Page Cup, along with Team Canada East’s fantastic showing at the WJAC, the Ottawa Sports Awards gala recognized Dagenais as the Male Coach of the Year for 2019. Dagenais was the first hockey coach to win the award since 2003.

During the second half of the 2019-2020 season, Dagenais served double duty with the QMJHL’s Gatineau Olympiques as an Assistant Coach under Eric Landry, before the organization headed in a different direction at the season’s end.

Dagenais will join the 67’s under recently named Head Coach and former Ottawa Senators bench boss Dave Cameron, along with fellow assistant Norm Milley.

The Ottawa Jr. Senators organization cannot thank Martin enough for his hard work and dedication over the last decade and wish him nothing but the best with the 67’s.

With the news, Jamie Mayo has been promoted to General Manager of the Jr. Senators, while the club will seek a new Head Coach.

The CCHL enters its 61st consecutive season, continuing to be the longest-running Junior A league in Canada with the Jr. Senators beginning the season on September 24th in Brockville.

Look for more information on the CCHL in the coming weeks as teams prepare to return to play in September with camps and pre-season schedules being released.

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Photos by: Dante De Caria and Robert Lefebvre (Icelevel)