Rob Gaudrealt, longtime coach and general manager for the Quality Foods Oceanside Generals, will step down from those roles to take on the position of head scout, the board of directors of the Oceanside Generals Jr. Hockey Club Society announced Wednesday.
The society has hired Jesse Hammill of Parksville as its new GM, the board announced in a news release.
Gaudreault told the board he felt that due to pressures of work and family that a less time consuming position with the Generals will serve both him and the Generals better. Gaudreault lives in Port Alberni and has had to commute for his duties with the club.
“The Generals thank Rob for his commitment to them during the past few trying years and are pleased to have him continue to recruit and help develop our team,” Board Chair Beverley Yelland said in the release.
Stepping into the position of general manager is Hammill, who has an extensive career in hockey, as a player, coach and general manager both here and in England
Hammill is currently head coach of the Nanaimo Clippers Bantam Tier 1 Team.
“The board and the coaching staff welcome Hammill’s vision for the betterment of the Generals and his plans for development of future Generals through skill development camps,” the announcement stated.
— Submitted by Oceanside Generals