The Mississauga Steelheads have seen James Boyd stand behind the bench of the organization since the team was still based in Toronto as the Toronto St. Michael’s Majors.
Now, though, he’ll make the shift from coaching to the front office – and former OJHL coach James Richmond will take over the team’s head coaching duties.
The Steelheads confirmed via press release on Monday afternoon that Boyd will move from the team’s coaching staff to assume the role full-time of general manager, making the shift to focus more on player development and recruiting.
Richmond, who joined the Steelheads at the start of the 2015-16 season after leaving the highly successful Aurora Tigers, will take over as head coach moving forward.
“We are extremely happy that James Boyd will be returning as our General Manager, and are pleased to announce James Richmond as our new Head Coach,” said Steelheads’ President, Elliott Kerr. “As we continue to make strides to improve our hockey club, this restructuring allows for a stronger focus on skill development for our players, while maximizing our scouting and player recruitment programs.”
The Steelheads had a less than ideal year two seasons ago, finishing with a 25-40-3 record to miss the postseason altogether. They saw an uptick from that in their most recent season, jumping to a 33-30-5 record and re-joining the playoff ranks for the Ontario Hockey League, but likely want to see their record continue to improve. This should hopefully be the case with Richmond leading the club.