Maine Hockey Journal

Dumont replaces Guay on Maineiacs coaching staff

Lewiston, ME– The Lewiston Maineiacs announced this week, the coaches for the 2009-2010 season. The biggest change was Jeff Guay, who has been behind the Maineiacs’ bench since day one, is taking a leave of absence. Replacing him is another Lewiston native, Jamie Dumont, who has spent the last two seasons coaching at HC Bolzano in the Italy Serie A League.

“I felt that it would be good for me to step aside and allow myself some personal time,” said Guay in the team’s press release. “It has been an exciting period in my life and I enjoyed growing with the team, both personally and professionally.”

Dumont and Guay have known each other since the age of five.

“I’ve known Jeff and battled with Jeff and learned with Jeff,” says Jamie Dumont. “I had many good times with him.”

While in Italy, Dumont won consecutive A-Reebok Cup National Championships, as well as becoming the Italian Cup Super Cup Champions.

“He (Jamie Dumont) comes with a variety of experience,” Don MacAdam says. “He coached University and he’s coached in Europe. He’s been very active in minor hockey in the L/A area. He will be a real nice plus for us.”

In addition to his coaching in Italy, he has served on the Bowling Green University, Maine, and Bowdoin College coaching staffs.

Dumont’s coaching strategies are in line on how MacAdam wants to play the game.

“We both believe in a up-tempo style,” says MacAdam.

Dumont will be responsible for the defense during the games but is an all-around coach according to MacAdam.

“He has a good combination of both (offensive and defensive).”

Dumont had some coaching experience in junior hockey coaching the Junior Pirates. He doesn’t see any adjustment period coaching teenagers again.

“The biggest thing is take a little while is learning the league and learn the marquee players of the other teams,” Dumont says. “The game is no different from here to Sweden, it’s about winning battles in front of blue-lines and taking care of each other in front of the net.”

The biggest challenge Dumont sees is the traveling that’s involved in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League compared to Italy. A trip to Val d’Or and Rouyn-Noranda is three times longer then any bus trip in Italy.

“They were all day trips,” says Dumont. “The farthest trip we had was five hours and we would do it in a day.”

Dumont also had other offers in Europe after a job in Germany that he lined up fell through.

“There were a couple of offers on the table. “I didn’t want to keep waiting and waiting, I wanted to get some closure. Training camps here in Europe, start in two weeks.”

Also not returning to the Maineiacs coaching staff is Jon Goyens, who was an assistant coach last season. MacAdam doesn’t believe just having two full-time coaches will be hurting the team.

“It shouldn’t be a problem,” MacAdam strongly pointed out. “Drummondville kicked everybody’s (butt) and they had two coaches.”

The Maineiacs have also hired Adam Nicholas to be the team’s skating coach. He has held a similar role with the San Jose Sharks and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

“We want to make sure we are a great skating team not a good skating team.” MacAdam says “Adam (Nicholas) will bring great expertise for our players to learn.”

Returning to the team is Athletic Trainer Tom Bourdon. Bourdon spent five seasons from 2003 to 2008 with the Maineiacs as the athletic trainer. Last season, he spent the year with the Providence Bruins of the AHL as their head athletic therapist.

“I will personally lean on Tom’s experience as the top trainer in the league,” says MacAdam. “He’s been involved on the administrative side of things which will help me personally. The players will benefit from his vast knowledge.”

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