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Jul 25, 2006

The Peterborough Petes are pleased announce the hiring of Vince Malette as the teams new head coach.

Vince has been the Assistant Coach of the Ottawa 67’s for the past eight seasons winning a Memorial Cup in 1999. Prior to joining the 67’s Malette previously coached midget and Tier II hockey in Ottawa where he was named the Coach of the Year in the Central Junior Hockey League (CJHL) in 1992 as well as a First Team All-Star Coach in the CJHL four times. Malette also set a CJHL record with 48 wins in 1992 with the Ottawa Senators Tier II club. Currently Vince is working as a guest coach with the German National Junior Team alongside former 67’s great Peter Lee as well as former NHL Head Coach Pierre Page.

“We are extremely happy to be able to add Vince to our organization," said Petes General Manager Jeff Twohey. "He has learned from one of the top junior coaches of all time in Brian Kilrea and has a long history of winning at every level. He is one of the top young coaches in Ontario and has a great knowledge of the OHL and in particular the Eastern Conference. This was a decision that was made after a long interview process that began in early July.”

“It is a great honour to be the next coach of the Peterborough Petes," Malette said. "They are a team rich in tradition and I look forward to the opportunity to work with General Manager Jeff Twohey as well as Assistant Coaches Darren Keily and Jody Hull. It is a privilege to work for such a storied franchise. I am currently in Europe and the Petes are a much respected organization over here.”

The Petes are also pleased to announce that the contract of Assistant Coach/Assistant General Manager Darren Keily has been extended two years. Keily is entering his fourth season with the Petes after serving under coaching legend Bert Templeton for ten seasons.

“We are also glad to be able to retain one of the top up and coming young people in the OHL. Darren’s contributions to our team both on the coaching and management levels are tremendous and he was a major part of our 2005/06 OHL Championship” states Twohey.

It is expected that current Petes Assistant Coach Jody Hull will remain with the team. Jody has been the Petes “eye in the sky” for the past two seasons. He also played a significant role in the Petes 2005/06 Championship where he concentrated on the Petes special teams. Hull joined the Petes after a sixteen year professional hockey career.
 
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