67’s name Mike Eastwood assistant coach; sign three additional draftees; less than one week before training camp
Mike Eastwood has been added to the coaching staff of the Ottawa 67’s of the Ontario Hockey League and will assist head coach Jeff Brown during the upcoming season when the team returns to Lansdowne and TD Place.
Eastwood, an Ottawa native, played 13 seasons in the NHL for Toronto, Winnipeg/Phoenix, New York Rangers, St. Louis, Chicago and Pittsburgh.
“The addition of Mike to our coaching staff is going to benefit our team and our players,” said 67’s general manager Pat Higgins. “Mike has devoted his time to coaching in minor hockey over the last four seasons in the Ottawa area and he has transferred his knowledge and experience to players to make them better. We know Mike will provide the same efforts with us as a member of our team.”
The 67’s of the have also signed two more picks from the 2014 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection: defenceman William Brown and goaltender Olivier Lafrenière.
Brown, a 16-year-old from Nepean, had four goals and 16 points last season for the Ottawa Senators Minor Midget AAA squad. The 67’s selected Brown in the third round, 43rd overall, at the priority selection.
Lafrenière, a 16-year-old from Bradford, posted an 11-4-3 record during the regular season last year with the York Simcoe Express Minor Midgets. He was chosen in the third round, 57th overall, by the 67’s.
Ottawa had already signed the team’s top two selections from the draft: first-round forward Travis Barron and second-round goaltender Leo Lazarev.
The 67’s also signed European import left winger Artur Tyanulin, chosen seventh overall in the 2014 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft.
“We continue on our way to strengthening our team,” said Higgins. “These players will attend our training camp and will add important depth.”
The 67’s will begin training camp at Fred Barrett Arena on Wednesday, August 27 with a practice from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Camp continues at Fred Barrett Arena each day until Sunday, August 31.
A complete training camp schedule will be released on Sunday.
The 67’s have also added Sean White to the team’s scouting staff. White will cover the Chicago area, scouting the United States Hockey League (USHL) and minor midget leagues.
Matt Pfeffer has been added to the team staff, in charge of analytics.