Hulton, Rumble named assistants for Canada-Russia Series


The QMJHL leg of the CIBC Canada-Russia Series will have a distinctly Maritime feel. It was announced today that Charlottetown Islanders coach and GM Jim Hulton, as well as Moncton Wildcats coach Darren Rumble, were named assistant coaches of Team QMJHL by head coach Dominique Ducharme.

Ducharme is no stranger to being a head coach in the Maritimes; he was behind the bench for the Halifax Mooseheads for five seasons from 2011 to 2016. He currently serves as the head coach and GM of the Drummondville Voltigeurs, as well as the head coach for Team Canada’s World Junior Team.

This will be Hulton’s third stint coaching a team representing Canada. In 2012 he was the Associate Head Coach for Team Canada’s under-16 team at the Youth Olympic Games, and was twice an assistant coach for Team Canada at the World Junior Championships. He won silver in 2004, and won gold while as an assistant to Brent Sutter on the All-Star 2005 gold medal winning team.

Rumble has been behind the bench for the past few seasons with Team Canada’s under-18 team, serving as an assistant coach at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament before being promoted to head coach this year.

This is a great move to ensure that both Moncton and Charlottetown are represented in some form or fashion when the series comes to town. Both teams do have candidates to represent the Q though; Charlottetown’s Pierre-Olivier Joseph will most certainly garner consideration, while Moncton has a number of players who could be considered, including Jeremy McKenna, Mika Cyr, and Julien Tessier.

The Canada-Russia Series will take place in Charlottetown and Moncton, November 14th and 16th respectively. Canada has bested Russia over the years, with a record of 58-19-1-6 since 2003.