24-year-old Denny Dubblestyne will be at the helm when the Bancroft Rockhounds take the ice.

“I am young, but I’m pretty experienced for my age so I think I’ll fit right in,” he says. He’s spent the last three seasons overseas playing hockey in Sweden. The former goaltender also played with the Tottenham Steam in 2015-16 in the Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League. That year they were the top team in the regular season and went on to win the GMHL’s championship – the Russell Cup. He was also a fifth round pick of the OHL’s Ottawa 67s.

Dubblestyne says he doesn’t feel pressure being the first coach of the team. He adds that while most coaches are older, he thinks his age will benefit him. Dubblestyne says he believes the players will be able to relate to him better than they would with an older coach. “I think they’re going to want to pick up everything I say,” he says.

While most expansion teams have a tough time in their first few seasons, Dubblestyne wants to be successful from game one. He says he has lots of work from now until September when play starts to make sure that happens.