By Darryl G. Smart
The Burford Bulldogs have found its newest bench boss and it’s a familiar on-ice face.
The Provincial Junior Hockey League team announced that Ryan Calbeck is the new head coach.
From Brantford, Calbeck already had his hand firmly on the hockey pulse in the area. Not only has he been involved in coaching, Calbeck has been a Ontario Hockey Association linesman for the last nine seasons. A Hockey Canada referee since 2005, his Level 4 certification has garnered him attention, attending the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence and later the OHF Championships.
Calbeck played in the Brantford Minor Hockey Association. After his playing career, he began coaching in the Brantford Church Hockey League system.
A graduate of the Sports Management program at Durham College, Calbeck successfully completed a marketing internship with the Ontario Minor Hockey Association. He also served as the general manager of the Brantford Girls Minor Hockey Association, running the various on-ice skill and development programs.
The Bulldogs have had a tough go of things the last couple of years before COVID-19 halted things. Though they made the 2019-20 playoffs, they had a 5-33-1-1 record, before being swept by the Tavistock Braves.
The Bulldogs are set for the 2021-22 season. The PJHL schedule will be released soon.