The Kemptville 73’s Jr “A” Hockey Club of the Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL) has been officially sold. After five rewarding seasons, Ron and Lisa Tugnutt are moving on to a new chapter in their lives.
Ron explained, “Selling the franchise was not an easy decision, especially after living in Kemptville for so many years and building many friendships within the Community. We have been so fortunate over the years that the 73’s have had such a great group of volunteers and staff. This incredible support has truly been the heart of the team. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved during our time with the 73’s and wish the team much success.”
The decision to sell was made easier knowing a quality new ownership group (Jason York, Joe Jefferies and Paul LeBreux) will be taking over. The new owners will operate the franchise in much the same manner as the past 5 wonderful seasons, while putting their own stamp on this great organization. The 73’s have been a mainstay in the Kemptville community since being founded in 1969.
Jason York commented on becoming a new owner of the Kemptville 73’s, “It seems like just yesterday that I was playing in the CCHL. This was the league that got me ready for a career in the NHL and it is incredibly exciting to be coming back: this time as an owner.” Jason further provided, “I’m really looking forward to continuing the great success of the Kemptville 73’s, on and off the ice, in partnership with all of the fantastic people in the community who support our team, as invaluable volunteers, important sponsors and incredible billet families. We as an ownership group want to continue to make the 73’s a team the community will be proud of and a destination where young men will want to come and play hockey in an environment that will develop them and help them reach their lofty goals. Most importantly though we want to help develop good people with strong character and good values.”
Meet the New Ownership Team
Jason grew up in Nepean and played in the CCHL for the Smiths Falls Bears. After the CCHL, Jason moved on to the OHL where he was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings to begin his 13-year NHL career. During his time in the NHL, Jason played a total of 759 games for Detroit, the Anaheim Ducks, Nashville Predators, Boston Bruins and most notably five seasons with the Ottawa Senators, where he was a teammate of former Kemptville 73’s owner, Ron Tugnutt. After retiring from the NHL, Jason volunteered his time to coach minor hockey and taught skating and hockey skills to kids of all ages in the Ottawa region. More recently, Jason has worked on Ottawa sports’ radio TSN 1200 and is presently a colour commentator for Rogers Sportsnet and Hockey Night in Canada. Jason and his wife Laurel reside in the Ottawa area with their 3 children and are involved in numerous charitable community events.
Joe was born and raised in Kingston, Ontario. He played competitive hockey and football growing up in Kingston. Joe graduated from Queen’s university with an honours degree in Economics. After graduating, Joe relocated to Toronto where he worked on Bay Street for several years with TD Bank. In 1993 Joe moved to Ottawa and joined the investment firm of ScotiaMcleod. Joe is now a Director of Wealth Management and a Senior Investment Adviser with ScotiaMcleod at the Kanata branch. Joe has coached competitive minor hockey for more than 10 years and remains very actively involved in minor hockey. Joe lives in Kanata with his wife Brenda, and children Luke and Katie.
Paul LeBreux was born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. He attended Carleton University and played basketball for the Ravens for two years before moving to cross-town rival, Ottawa University, to receive his law degree. Subsequently, he earned his Master of Laws (Tax) from Osgoode Hall Law School. Paul lived and practiced law in Toronto for nearly 2 decades, during which time he authored numerous legal and financial papers, made many television appearances and was invited to speak at 100’s of international conferences. Paul continues to be recognized as one of Canada’s pre-eminent international tax practitioners, continuing his consulting engagements across North America. Paul is a serial entrepreneur and an active private equity investor, both as an individual, and also through his ownership interest in the Globacor Group of Companies. Paul now makes his family home in Kanata with his wife Irene, and their children Kelsey and Ryan, and splits his time in Orlando, Florida where he manages a number of investments.
Kemptville 73’s General Manager and Coaching Staff
Terry Nichols – General Manager
Terry Nichols returns and enters his 5th season as General Manager of the 73’s. He will continue to recruit for the team and be involved in the day-to-day hockey operations. He is well known in the local hockey community having spent many years working in minor hockey associations before turning his attention to scouting with the 73’s and eventually accepting the role of General Manager. Terry explains, “I really enjoyed my time working together with Ron and Lisa who created a family atmosphere around the 73’s. I am looking forward to working with Jason, Joe & Paul and I am excited to see what the future brings for the team with the new owners!”
Robert Dopson – Head Coach
Robert (Rob) Dopson was born and raised in Smiths Falls, Ontario. As a goaltender, Rob played his junior hockey for the Kitchener Rangers. Rob’s professional hockey career spanned nearly 15 years, playing in the IHL, Britain, Japan and in the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins. After retiring, Rob remained active in hockey from behind the bench. Rob has coached for the last 10 years, including the last 3 years in the CCHL. Today, Rob makes his family home with his wife and five children in Merrickville. He is a Partner with Hunt & Dopson Insurance, a Board Member of the Smiths Falls Police Services Board and remains very active in his community. Rob provided some insight, “I love being at the rink, I always have. Assuming the head coaching duties for the Kemptville 73’s is a challenge and opportunity that I truly relish. I am looking forward to working with the new ownership team, the tremendous volunteers and the boys that will comprise the Kemptville 73’s 2017-18 Club”.
Scott Dexter – Assistant Coach
Scott Dexter grew up in Ottawa, Ontario and played his junior hockey for the Winchester Hawks. He is a 1992 graduate of Hamilton College (Clinton, NY), where he played for and coached with Continentals long-time coach Phil Grady. Prior to transferring to Hamilton College, Scott helped The SUNY Canton Northmen win a national championship in 1989 under legendary coach Terry Martin. During that same season, he led the nation in goals and was a first-team All-American, first-team All-Tournament and Academic All-American. Following graduation, Scott relocated to Toronto and flourished on Bay Street in the investment world for a number of years before returning to Kanata, where he now lives with his wife and 3 children. Scott has been coaching minor hockey at various levels, from junior to novice, for over 20 years and has also coached at the NCAA Division I & III levels, most recently at St. Lawrence University with former Ottawa Senators assistant coach Greg Carvel. Scott has also worked at a multitude of hockey schools and clinics focusing on skill development.