Sting’s Hatcher, Attack’s Gill both earn 100th OHL victory


A pair of OHL head coaches hit career milestones this past weekend.

Derian Hatcher of the Sarnia Sting and Todd Gill of the Owen Sound Attack both won their 100th career OHL contest, doing so in the midst of successful weekends for their two clubs.

Hatcher hit the century mark on Saturday as the Sting defeated the Saginaw Spirit 5-2 on the road. Sarnia went 2-0 over the weekend, also outdoing the Flint Firebirds by a score of 7-1 on Friday.

Guiding the Sting to a 27-12-2-0 record so far this season, Hatcher holds an overall OHL coaching record of 100-61-13-3 since taking the reins at the beginning of the 2015-16 season.

An OHL graduate of the North Bay Centennials and a long-time NHL defenceman who won the 1999 Stanley Cup with the Dallas Stars, Hatcher and associate coach David Legwand are also owners of the Sting franchise.

Another former OHL and NHL defenceman who would’ve lined up against Hatcher during their playing days, Owen Sound Attack head coach Todd Gill earned his 100th win as well, doing so in a 7-0 win over the Kitchener Rangers on Saturday.

Gill’s milestone win came before a national audience on Sportsnet’s CHL Saturday Showcase as the Attack snapped a seven-game slide before following up Saturday’s victory with a 5-2 road win over the Oshawa Generals on Sunday.

Gill has coached the Attack to a 16-16-1-5 record in his first season in Owen Sound. He holds an overall mark of 101-115-7-19 that also includes totals from a three-year tenure with the Kingston Frontenacs from 2011-14.

Gill and Hatcher are back behind the bench on Thursday as Owen Sound visits North Bay while Sarnia travels to Windsor to face the Spitfires.

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