Peterborough, ON – The Peterborough Petes have named Mike Duco an Assistant Coach. Duco will join the Petes’ coaching staff this summer in preparation for the 2017-18 season, and will work with players during practice and off-ice sessions while serving as the “eye in the sky” during games.
Duco, a native of Toronto, Ontario, was most recently the Head Coach of the ECHL’s Elmira Jackals. He played eight seasons of professional hockey between the NHL (Vancouver, Florida), AHL (Toronto, Chicago, Rochester), ECHL (Evansville, Indy, Orlando), EIHL (EC Salzburg) and EBEL (Sheffield Steelers).
In the OHL, Duco was a forward with the Kitchener Rangers for five seasons and was a member of the 2007-08 OHL Championship team. He recorded 99 goals, 92 assists, 191 points, and 489 penalty minutes in 242 games.
In the coming weeks, Mike will be relocating to Peterborough, and will be joined by his girlfriend, Alexandra.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to join an organization with such a rich history,” exclaimed Duco. “I’m looking forward to learning under Mike, Jody and the rest of the coaching staff while we work toward bringing a championship back to Peterborough.”
“Mike is a hardworking, energetic person who is eager to learn about the hockey operations side of the league,” said Head Coach Jody Hull. “Confidence and passion come to mind when you talk about Mike as a person. With an OHL Championship and Memorial Cup appearance under his belt, he’ll be a valuable addition to myself, Andrew and Jake in the quest to bring a championship to Peterborough.”
“Mike will bring further OHL and pro experience to our coaching staff, and will be an excellent resource for our players and staff,” noted General Manager Mike Oke. “His real passion for junior hockey, specifically the OHL and helping players maximize and develop their skills, will have a positive impact with the Petes.”
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