The newly appointed assistant coach with the Lambton Shores Predators has been named the recipient of the Lambton Jr. Sting AAA organizations Ted Garvin Coach of the Year award for this past season.
Doug Slipacoff took over the Lambton Jr Sting Minor Midgets on short notice and was able to coach the team to a third place finish in the Alliance, with an impressive record of 24-11-3. The Jr. Sting 95's finished with a stellar overall record of 33-23-6 on the season which was highlighted by the teams improbably run at the Toronto Marlie Holiday Classic Tournament. The minor midgets were the talk of the tournament as they knocked off four top 20 provincially ranked teams in pool play, finishing atop their division, the only team from the Alliance participating to do so. The team advanced all the way to the quarter finals before bowing out to the Hamilton Jr Bulldogs in a hard fought game. Slipacoff's team defeated numerous OHL Cup participants through out the season including the #2 ranked Don Mills Flyers, #5 ranked Elgin Middlesex Chiefs, #8 ranked Oakville Rangers and #10 ranked Markham Majors. "I'm honored to receive this award and to be associated with so many great coaches who came before me, It's humbling to share this award with them." said Slipacoff. Slipacoff also stated "this award would not have been possible without my players, they bought in to our systems and program, showed up to the rink ready to work and get better each and every day". Slipacoff will work primarily with the defence this up coming season with the Predators.