(BELLE RIVER, ON) – The Belle River Canadiens have to announced the hiring of Robb Serviss as head coach.
Serviss, 51, is a Windsor-native but holds dual citizenship with the Netherlands. He played for the Windsor Royals and the University of Windsor before a professional hockey career in the Netherlands that spanned more than a decade, from1987 to 1999.
He served as player-coach from 1991-1993 before becoming the coach of the Netherlands U-20 team following his retirement as a player. He served in that capacity from 1999 until 2011, and served as an assistant coach on the Netherlands national team at the World Championships Division 1 tournament in 2010-11.
“We are excited to add someone with Robb’s experience in the game to our coaching staff,” said Canadiens owner Stephen Savage. “He joins an experienced coaching and front office staff. We are thrilled to be able to add another great hockey mind to our organization.”
The move to hire Serviss will allow Mark Seguin, the current GM/Coach to focus on GM duties. With the move to a new arena currently under construction, the timing was right to make the change.
“Mark is going to have a lot on his plate between now and September with us moving into our new facility,” Savage said. “He can work to build our club into an elite program, with the new arena as a focal point. We want players to be excited to play their junior hockey in Lakeshore.”
“Work commitments and time constraints have made it difficult to hold down both positions,” said Seguin. “I look forward to working with Robb and the wealth of coaching experience he brings.”
The Canadiens’ next game, and Serviss’ Canadiens head coaching debut, comes Friday night on the road in Dresden against the Kings. Their next home game is December 13 when they host the Mooretown Flags.