MHL: Ramblers name Commandos’ Jeff Leblanc new Head Coach/GM

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After five seasons behind the bench of the 2015 Kent Cup Champion Dieppe Commandos, head coach and assistant general manager Jeff Leblanc will be moving to the other side of the New Brunswick-Nova Scotia border.

The Amherst Ramblers on Sunday morning, May 17, announced Leblanc as their new head coach and general manager for the 2015-16 season.

Leblanc, of Moncton, was a member of the Moncton Alpines inaugural season in 1995-96 and played part of an additional season after the team rebranded themselves as the Wildcats before being traded to the Drummondville Voltigeurs.

The six-foot-three defenceman would remain with the Voltigeurs until the 1998-99 season when he would be dealt to the Québec Remparts.

After failing to secure a spot in the QMJHL as a 20-year-old, Leblanc would finish his junior career in the Maritime Jr. A Hockey League with the Campbellton Tigers. In 222 QMJHL regular season games, Leblanc would finish with nine goals, 30 assists, and 1,083 penalty minutes.

As the Commandos head coach, Leblanc would post a 9-41-2 record in his first season, missing the playoffs for the only time in his five-year tenure.

In 256 regular season games behind the bench with the Commandos, Leblanc would mass a 122-114-20 record with each season seeing an improving record. Leblanc would also reach the MHL’s Kent Cup Final twice in back-to-back seasons, both times facing the Truro Bearcats.

In the 2013-14 season, the Commandos would lose in six games before sweeping the championship rematch this past April.

Prior to the Ramblers making the announcement, Leblanc commented on the move on his Twitter account.

The Commandos have already begun their search for a new head coach.

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