Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds head coach Drew Bannister earned his 100th career OHL coaching win on Friday, guiding the Greyhounds to an 8-2 win over the visiting Kitchener Rangers.
Bannister’s Greyhounds wrapped up the weekend with their second straight eight goal performance on Saturday, extending their current winning streak to 11 games. One of two OHL teams with at least 20 wins this season, the Hounds were the third-ranked team in the Canadian Hockey League last week.
Bannister reaches the 100-win milestone in his 160th career regular season game, a pace close to that of former Erie Otters head coach and current Philadelphia Flyers assistant Kris Knoblauch who reached the century mark in 159 contests. Former Kingston Frontenacs head coach Paul McFarland, now with the NHL’s Florida Panthers, reached the mark in 183 games.
The third-year head coach has also enjoyed success on the international stage, earning a gold medal as an assistant coach with Canada’s National Under-18 Team this past summer at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.
A back-to-back OHL champion on the blue line with the Hounds in 1991 and 1992 before hoisting the Memorial Cup with Sault Ste. Marie in 1993, Bannister went on to enjoy an 18-year professional career that included 164 career NHL contests.
He holds an overall OHL coaching record of 101-46-14, resulting in a .671 winning percentage.
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