ELMIRA, N.Y. – Today, the Elmira Jackals announced David Leger as the team’s new head coach.
Leger, comes to Elmira after spending last season with the Evansville Icemen as an assistant coach. Before Evansville, Leger spend 11 seasons at the University of Ottawa from 2000 – 2011 where he spend his first three years as an assistant before being promoted in 2003 to head coach where he had an overall record of 97-88-10. In 2011, Leger went on to coach in Japan for the Tohoku Free Blades before returning to Canada the following season. In 2013, Leger went back to Japan and coached the Nippon Paper Cranes and took them to the Asia League Championship. Leger also coached in Hungary before returning to Canada to coach the Cumberland Grads of the CCHL.
Elmira Jackals Assistant General Manager Jared Abbott went on to say about the hire, “Today is a new era for the Elmira Jackals. David brings a winning mentality and team-first focus with him to Elmira. We are very excited to bring in David and are confident he will lead us towards our ultimate goal, a Kelly Cup championship.”
“It is my sincere privilege to be the next Head Coach of the Elmira Jackals and I look forward to providing our fans with a team that works hard every night,” Leger said. “I also look forward to working with the players to help them develop to their full potential during this important time in their professional careers. The ECHL provides a great challenge for players to push themselves every time they step on the ice and we want to have players that want to compete every night for their team. I am looking forward to meeting with the Jackals fans when I get to Elmira and I hope they are as excited as I am to get the season underway.”
With the hire, David Leger becomes the 12th head coach in Jackals history and succeeds Jamie Russell, who was fired on June 17 after compiling a record of 69-63-12 in two seasons on the Jackals bench. The team missed the Kelly Cup playoffs both seasons Russell was head coach.
The Jackals season begins October 15th at Reading with their home opener on the 21st vs. Norfolk.