Former Hamilton captain now an assistant coach with junior club
Dave McNab is back with the Hamilton Red Wings.
The 29-year-old Sir Allan MacNab high school graduate is now an assistant coach with the Ontario Junior Hockey League club.
McNab said he expects to be head coach John McDonald’s “right hand man” next season although his duties behind the bench have still to be worked out.
“I’m more of a player’s coach,” McNab said. “I communicate well, I’m a good motivator, I want to win.”
McNab returns to the Red Wings after guiding the Glanbrook Rangers of the Niagara District Junior C loop to a first place finish in his rookie season as head coach.
The Rangers were recently defeated by Grimsby in six games in the East Division championship.
McDonald and Rangers general manger Tom Cole brought McNab to Glanbrook three seasons ago as an assistant coach after the former west Mountain resident wrapped up five years playing NCAA Division 3 hockey and a season of senior hockey with the Dundas Real McCoys.
McNab was the team captain when McDonald and Cole coached the Red Wing eight years ago.
McDonald has returned as Hamilton’s head coach after leaving the team in 2007.
Tom Cole junior and Matt Ianeiro have also been named assistant coaches with the Red Wings.
Both have been working with McDonald this season behind the bench of the Hamilton Junior Bulldogs minor pee wee team.