Guelph, ON – Guelph Storm General Manager and Head Coach George Burnett announced that Jake Grimes has been named Associate Coach, joining the team after spending the past two seasons as an Assistant Coach with the Peterborough Petes.
Grimes fills a vacancy left by departing assistant coach Todd Harvey who has accepted an amateur scouting position with the Vancouver Canucks.
“I’m excited to once again have the opportunity to work closely with Jake,” said Burnett. “He brings a wealth of coaching experience, knowledge and success at every level of his involvement.”
Prior to joining the Petes, Grimes served as an Assistant Coach with the Belleville Bulls from 2004-2015, a span of 11 seasons. His time in Belleville was highlighted by an Eastern Conference Championship and a trip to the Mastercard Memorial Cup in 2008, along with three other appearances in the Eastern Conference Final. During Grimes’ tenure with the Bulls, the team also won four East Division Championships.
“This is an exciting career opportunity,” said Grimes. “I am looking forward to working in a great city like Guelph and with an organization that has a proven track record of winning and developing players.”
“I’d like to thank the Peterborough Petes, who will have a great year in 2017-18. The two seasons I spent in Peterborough were great for my development as a coach.”
In addition to his OHL coaching experience, Grimes has represented Ontario at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge on four occasions, winning three gold medals and a silver medal. Prior to ascending to the OHL, he was a Head Coach for four years in the OHA’s Western Jr. B league with Strathroy, London, and Petrolia, and was named Coach of the Year in 2004. He began his coaching career in the CIS with Dalhousie University, where he also earned an economics degree.
Throughout his coaching career, Grimes has worked with several players that have gone on to enjoy productive NHL careers, most notably Norris Trophy winner PK Subban (Belleville Bulls 2005-2009).
Grimes played for the Belleville Bulls from 1989-1992, scoring 113 points in his final season, and was voted ‘Best Defensive Forward’ and ‘Best Checker’ in the Eastern Conference Coaches Poll for his final two seasons. He was drafted and signed by the Ottawa Senators in 1992 and played one healthy season in the AHL before back injuries took their toll on his career.
Grimes will join the team in early August to prepare for 2017 Training Camp, which begins Monday, August 28th.
For more information, please visit guelphstorm.com.