UPEI men’s hockey head coach Forbes MacPherson is pleased to announce that Jamie Blanchard will join the coaching staff as an assistant coach. Blanchard joins MacPherson, Kenny MacDougall, and former players Josh Patterson and Devan Praught behind the bench.
“Jamie brings a wealth of experience and professionalism to our program,” said MacPherson. “He played five years of UPEI Panther hockey, and has maintained his connection to the program over the years. His support will help us go to the next level, especially with his expertise in goaltending.”
Blanchard is well-known in the hockey community having played minor hockey on various teams including: QMJHL Verdun Jr. Canadiens, Granby Bisons, UPEI Panthers, and the Maritime Senior Champions where he was awarded ‘Most Valuable Player’ and ‘Top Goalie’ honours.
“I am excited and proud to have the opportunity to join the UPEI men’s hockey coaching staff,” said Blanchard. “This is where I developed as a player and a coach in the 90s.”
Blanchard is no stranger to Panther Sport, having played UPEI hockey from 1988-2003, winning the AUAA banner in 1990–91. He was dubbed ‘Most Dedicated Panther’ in 1993. Blanchard is also a well- respected goalie coach, having coached the UPEI men’s hockey team from 1998–2002, and the UPEI women’s hockey team since 2010. He was coach of the Charlottetown Abbies from 1997–2002 and the PEI Rocket from 2003–2012.
The UPEI men’s hockey team begins their regular season on Friday, October 12, when they host rival Université de Moncton at 7:00 pm. Seasons seats are now on sale by visiting gopanthersgo.ca.