Joseph named head coach and assistant GM of Woodstock Slammers

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Former Moncton Wildcats assistant and associate coach Fabian Joseph has been named as the new head coach and assistant general manager of the Woodstock Slammers of the Maritime Junior A Hockey League (MHL).

Woodstock announced the news yesterday.

Joseph, 49, was head coach of the Dalhousie Tigers of the AUS for four seasons before taking an assistant coaching position with the Wildcats from 2008 to 2012. From 2012 to 2015, Fabian served as an associate coach with the Wildcats before parting ways with the team to pursue a head coaching position in April.

In a team release, Slammers President Andrew McCain said once him and Slammers General Manager Danny Braun learned about Joseph’s resignation with the Wildcats, they knew he was the guy they needed.

“Danny agreed, and we could not be more pleased to have reached an agreement. Fabian is a very strong technical coach, a teacher and someone who understands from experience the commitment needed to succeed at a high level. Together with Sandy McCarthy we now have in place a coaching team that I am very confidence in.”

In the same release, Braun said Joseph’s playing and coaching experience speaks for itself.

“This is an important year for the Slammers organization and I look forward to working with Fabian and other staff members in pursuit of our goals as a team.”

Fabian is a native of Sydney, N.S., is best known as a two-time Olympic Silver Medalist with Team Canada. He also captained Team Canada at the 1994 Olympic Winter Games.

The Slammers are hosting the 2016 Fred Page Cup and that is something Joseph said is very exciting and challenging.

“The process has already begun through Danny Braun’s efforts with the draft and free agency. I look forward to working with Danny, Sandy McCarthy and the rest of the staff in our quest for a national championship. Mr. McCain has developed a premier program in the Country and I am fortunate to have the opportunity to lead the team forward to reach their potential. Woodstock is a hockey community that passionately supports the Slammers. Another important factor in the decision process is Woodstock’s proximity to Moncton which will allow me to visit my children on a regular basis.”

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