(WINDSOR, ON) – Kevin Hamlin, head coach of the Windsor Lancers men’s hockey team, has announced the additions of Eric Wellwood and Mark Ridout to the team’s coaching staff for the upcoming 2018-19 season. The pair will replace former assistants Justin Solcz and Kyle Makaric, who each moved on to new positions with Jr B clubs in the region.
Wellwood, a native of Oldcastle, most recently served as an associate coach with the Flint Firebirds in the Ontario Hockey League during the 2016-17 season. He also spent two seasons as an assistant coach with the OHL’s Oshawa Generals.
Following a stint as a member of the Windsor Spitfires coaching team in 2013-14, former Spitfire and current Toronto Maple Leafs assistant DJ Smith hired Wellwood to be his assistant with the Generals and the club went on to win the Memorial Cup in 2014-15.
As a player, Wellwood was a member of the Spitfires back-to-back Memorial Cup championship teams in 2009 and 2010. A former sixth-round pick by the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers, he split three seasons with the Flyers and in the AHL with the Adirondack Phantoms.
“We are thrilled to be able to add Eric to our coaching staff next season,” said Hamlin. “He is a talented young coach and he brings a wealth of experience with him as both a player and a coach. His strong ties to Windsor and our local hockey community will only help to enhance our Lancer hockey program going forward.”
Ridout joined the Lancers this past season as a coaching assistant and will transition to a larger role behind the bench in 2018-19. The Windsor native played four seasons in the OHL with the Spitfires, Plymouth Whalers, and Mississauga Ice Dogs.
“Mark is another great addition to our staff,” Hamlin said. “He helped out this past season and I’m looking forward to him playing an even larger role with our team next year.”