Rick Dorval from the Hawkesbury Hawks has been named 2021-22 Coach and General Manager of the Year by the Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL).
Dorval, 38, joined the Hawks as their head coach in 2014-15, after moving on from his head coach and general manager position with the Ottawa Junior Senators. He won the Coach of the Year Award with during the 2012-13 season with the Junior Senators.
Dorval b added the General Manager tag with the Hawks at the beginning of the 2016-17 season.
So far during the 2021-2022 CCHL season Dorval has helped lead the Hawks to an impressive 36-12-3-2 record on the ice – good enough for second place among all CCHL teams. Under Dorval, the Hawks boast a league-leading power play percentage of 21.4 per cent and a league-best penalty kill that has a success rate of 88.5 per cent.
In the managerial seat, Dorval has made some very impressive moves, recruiting players such as Jakson Kirk, Rylee Hlusiak, and William Gendron. On top of that, he has made some solid acquisitions via trade on the season, acquiring both Kerfalla Toure and Djibril Toure from within the league, and also acquiring offensive dynamo Thomas Cusson and goaltender Matthew Tovell from outside of the league.
The Hawks have secured their second place seed and are now waiting to find out who the team’s first round opponent will be in the 2021-22 Bogart Cup Playoffs, which begin April 12.