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RMC connection at U Sports, All Canadian gala: former coach & current ALOY student both recognized

McGill’s Nobes named hockey coach of the year at U SPORTS awards gala

Started his head coaching career at RMC

Article by: WJO


Back in 2002, Andy Scott stepped down after five seasons, as coach of the Paladins hockey team.

I was asked to join a small committee (2 of us) that would select the persons to be interviewed, as the replacement coach.  At that time period, I was wearing two hats – I was ‘attracting’ student athletes for RMC and I was also the OUA Men’s hockey convenor. In the latter role, I was well positioned to have a pretty good handle on what was out there in the way of good coaches.

Initially the criteria set-out for the committee was that only those with previous ‘head’ coaching experience would be interviewed. I was able to convince my co-committee member that in my opinion there were at least two assistant coaches – one from McGill and the other from the University of Toronto who had the potential to be successful head coaches and likely a good fit for the RMC program.

He agreed to make the exception.

The individual from the UofT did not apply. The assistant from McGill did – his name, Kelly Nobes.

In total, there were over 25 applicants – at least 20 with head coaching experience at the university or Junior ‘A’ level.

Kelly and three others were selected to be interviewed by a group consisting of a Human Resource person; a student athlete; academic and military members and me.

Following the four interviews there was much debate and when everything was said and done – it appeared that Kelly was the runner-up.  I was able to convince, much to the chagrin of a couple of the other members, that it would be in our best interest to do a second round of interviews – with the #1 & #2 candidates.

The two gentlemen were recalled and in addition to a structured interview they would do a short walk around the college, meet a few people, ask and answer some fresh questions.

The result, Kelly Nobes, was hired.

He spent the next five seasons coaching hockey at RMC.  All 5 years, the Paladins made the play-offs – a feat they have failed to do even once, since he moved on to coach elsewhere.

Fast forward to the past week. – Portion of a U Sports press release.

FREDERICTON – McGill bench boss Kelly Nobes received the Father George Kehoe Memorial Award as coach of the year as the national award winners were announced at the U SPORTS men’s hockey All-Canadian gala, Wednesday, 14 March.

Nobes, a 43-year-old native of West Hill, Ont., becomes the second McGill bench boss to win the top coaching honour, joining Martin Raymond, who won in 2005-06 and is now an assistant coach with the NHL’s Ottawa Senators.

“Coach Nobes has done a remarkable job building our men’s hockey program over the years,” said Marc Gelinas, executive director of athletics at McGill. “He is a passionate leader, striving for excellence. He’s been a measure of consistency keeping his team at or near the top of the standings, year after year.”

Currently in his 17th season as a head coach at the university level, Nobes has spent the past eight seasons in charge of the McGill Redmen, with prior stints at Laurier and RMC. His combined record is 378-270-14 in 662 games overall (.582), which includes a 169-53-0 mark in regular season play at McGill.


ALOY student makes All Canadian Rookie Team

Article by WJO

Aboriginal Leadership Opportunity Year (ALOY) student Riley Brandt has made a huge impact on the Paladins hockey team this season.

Brandt had an outstanding rookie campaign, leading all U Sports players in goals with 21 and was seventh in the OUA scoring with 33 points in 28 games to earn a berth on the All Canadian Rookie Team of the Year award.

To put it in perspective there are 35 teams (M) hockey teams, competing in three conferences across Canada.

He was also a finalist for All Canadian rookie of the year honours.

Quite an accomplishment well done, Riley.

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