McCarthy Named NOJHL Coach Of The Year

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McCarthy named NOJHL Coach of the Year

The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League announced Tuesday that Tom McCarthy of the North Bay Trappers has been named the recipient of the Mirl ‘Red’ McCarthy Memorial Trophy, emblematic of the NOJHL’s coach of the year.

The 51-year-old McCarthy has compiled a 29-20 record in his inaugural campaign at the helm of the Trappers heading into the clubs’ final regular season contest Wednesday against the Sudbury Cubs.

This marks a seven-win improvement for the Trappers from last season. They have an opportunity to make it eight with a triumph in that final contest vs. Sudbury that marks the final game in league play before the commencement of the NOJHL playoffs.

McCarthy shies away from individual awards, but nonetheless, he’s flattered by the nomination feeling this is a team award not an individual one.

“It’s truly an honour to be selected by your piers for such an award,” said McCarthy.

“But naturally without great students of the game our team wouldn’t have these successes. Any personal award becomes a team award as it takes all of us to be accomplished.”

Under his guidance, North Bay has the highest registered win upgrade of any of the league’s seven-member clubs so far this season after the team finished one game under .500 in 2010-11 at 22-23-5.

The Jr. Trappers organization was thrilled as well to see McCarthy get the award as the high energy bench boss has helped bring stability to the organization and the coaching staff.

According to records, McCarthy becomes just the third North Bay coach in NOJHL history to garner the award, which is named after Red McCarthy, who was the first-ever coach of the year recipient back in the 1962-63 campaign.

McCarthy, a former first round pick, 10th overall, by the Minnesota North Stars in the 1979 National Hockey League Entry Draft, McCarthy went on to play 460 NHL contests with both the North Stars and Boston Bruins accumulating 399 career points on 178 goals and 221 assists.

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