Staff Announcement: Armour Promoted, Spicer Hired

The Port Hope Panthers of the Provincial Junior Hockey League (PJHL) are pleased to announce a pair of staffing changes headed into the 2022-2023 season.  Effectively immediately, Connor Armour will be leaving the club, being promoted within the organization and will be joining the Cobourg Cougars of the OJHL as an assistant coach.  Jacob Spicer, ex-Panthers Captain, will be joining the Panthers in the role of Assistant Coach.

Connor spent the past two seasons with the Panthers, working as an associate coach.

“Working with Connor over the past few seasons proved that he was ready to make the jump to the OJHL.  His commit to the team, attention to detail, and knowledge of the tactical side of the game was of great benefit to our team.  His vision and creativity on the offensive side of the game provided our players with unique perspectives that made them better hockey players” stated David Miller, General Manager and Head Coach of the Panthers.  “Connor will be missed within the Panthers organization, but it should be viewed as a positive.  Not only are we focused on developing players to reach higher levels, but coaches as well.  Connor will be a tremendous asset to the Cougars, and they are lucky to have him.”

The Panthers are pleased to announce the hiring of Jacob Spicer to fill the vacated position.  Spicer is a native of Cobourg, who grew up playing locally in the Northumberland area, before joining the Panthers for his junior years.  Spicer served the Panthers organization as a Captain for three of those years, and shortly after his playing days concluded jumped into the world of coaching.  Recently, Jacob led the Northumberland Knighthawks U18 AA team to a berth in the OMHA Championships.

“I can’t wait to get started with the Panthers and to return home where it all started.  It means a lot to me to be able to work with the Panthers as an Assistant Coach, the team where I played my entire Junior career.  To be able to give back to the organization that took me in as a teenager and watched me grow and mature.  I am excited to pass on many of the hockey and life lessons that I learned while playing in this organization” noted Spicer.

Bringing Jacob onto the coaching staff was a no-brainer for Miller, and should be an easy transition for Jacob to make, as he is already familiar with the organization.  “When you lose a guy like Connor, it is difficult to find guys who could replace him.  But with Jacob, it makes things so much easier. Connor was the captain of the Cougars during his playing days, and Jacob was a captain of the Panthers.  The attitude, perspective, and qualities that these guys provide for our organization is first-class.  Bringing in Jacob, a guy who has been the distance with the Panthers before, a guy who knows how to win, and a guy who knows that it takes to be a Panther is something that is not easy to find.  We are thrilled to be adding a guy of his character to our staff.”

Jacob was also a part of the Panthers Schmaltz Cup run, and the feeling of coming up short still burns inside him every day. “The Schmaltz Cup is still in the back of my head.  Coming up short in game 7, losing 1-0, it was tough.  I took a full year of hockey off after that.  I would like to be able to finish that job, and help bring a Schmaltz to Port Hope.”

The Panthers are set to begin the Prospect Camp in the coming weeks, and interested players are urged to sign up by using the “Prospect Camp Registration 2022” tab on the website, by clicking on the following link

https://porthopepanthers.pjhlon.hockeytech.com/join-our-team

or by contacting Head Coach and General Manager David Miller at dpwcsmiller@gmail.com