Jonathan Ferland has been named head coach of the Cégep Beauce-Appalaches Condors hockey team of the LHJAAAQ. He will take over from Pier-Alexandre Poulin.
A former professional player, he made his debut in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with the Moncton Wildcats and the Acadie Bathurst Titan before being drafted by the Hamilton Bulldogs and joining the NHL with the Montreal Canadiens. He then played for 10 years in several European leagues with EC Villach and Vienna Capitals where he won many championships. He holds a Masters in Sports Management from the University of Ulster in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and has also trained HMI Camp and the Belfast Giants.
A wealth of experience at the school level
Until recently, he held the positions of director of the hockey program and head coach at St. Patrick’s High School, sports coordinator at École Jésus-Marie in Beauceville and head coach of the Cégep de Lévis D2 collegiate hockey team before joining Cégep Beauce-Appalaches.
“When we announced the departure of Pier-Alexandre, we knew that the bar was high and that we had to find a quality replacement at the head of the formation. With a good experience in hockey and an excellent work ethic, both as a professional player and in school as a coach, Jonathan is the perfect choice. We are convinced that we have the right person to continue the development of our sports team”emphasizes Jean-Philippe Vachon, Director of Studies and Student Life.
With more than 20 years of hockey experience, this native of Sainte-Marie says he is motivated to take up the torch: “I am very happy to be able to continue the excellent work begun with the Condors in recent years. I like to coach and share my passion with young people. I believe that Junior AAA is an excellent challenge to continue my journey as a coach and have the chance to help young hockey players in the region find the right balance between studies and sport,” he launched.
“Like Pier-Alexandre Poulin, we see in Jonathan Ferland a disciplined and passionate person who shares our vision and our values. We are convinced that he will be able to exert a positive influence in order to help our student-athletes to progress on the ice, but also within their school career,” adds Daniel Laflamme, Assistant Director of Studies, Programs and Student Life.
Jonathan Ferland was already present at the LHJAAAQ draft which took place this Sunday, July 10 in virtual mode. He can’t wait to meet his players during the precamp to be held on August 6 and 7 at the EJM/René Bernard arena in Beauceville.