When Alan Letang replaced Todd Gill at the helm of the Owen Sound Attack in late January it was as the interim head coach.
On Thursday the team announced Letang would enter his fourth season behind the bench without the clunky “interim” title.
Letang will lead the charge for the 2019-20 season with assistant coaches Jordan Hill and Joey Hishon suited up beside the bench boss.
In the team’s press release general manager Dale DeGray called the trio the Attack’s “best group of coaches we’ve had from top to bottom” in his 13 years with the club.
Letang took over the club on Jan. 28 after the team traded away star players Nick Suzuki, Kevin Hancock, Sean Durzi and Markus Phillips at the trade deadline.
At the time DeGray said “I think maybe the new guys will use this opportunity to play a game that might be maybe more skill-driven . . . more of a puck possession game, and we’ll see how that plays out.”
Letang emphasized effort over everything else when asked about his coaching philosophy just days after his promotion.
“I expect the energy and work ethic to change. I think on any given night, it doesn’t matter who you play, you can present yourself individually on the ice as a guy who is going to compete and work hard,” he said. “The game has gone to a high pace, high tempo, high skill game. No longer are guys dumping pucks in, guys aren’t chipping pucks, so we’ve got to practice that way, and we have to play that way.”
Hill joined the team’s coaching staff in 2017. Prior to his coaching career he was the captain of the Norfolk Admirals of the ECHL and the Sarnia Sting of the OHL.
Hishon joined the Attack bench full-time midway through the 2018-19 season after working with the team as a scout and player development coach. He was named the team’s assistant general manager at the time as well.
The Stratford native ranks fifth all time in career points for Owen Sound.