Former Sting, veteran NHLer added to coaching staff

NHLer Micheal Haley during his time with the Sarnia Sting (Photo by Metcalfe Photography)

The Sarnia Sting have added a former player and longtime NHLer to its coaching staff.

On Thursday, the hockey club announced that Michel Haley will be an assistant coach for the 2021-22 season.

Haley, who’s been working with the club in a player development role since the onset of training camp, was drafted by the Sting in the second round, 29th overall, of the 2002 OHL Priority Selection.

The Guelph native played 178 games during his four years in Sarnia, scoring 27 goals and adding 33 assists.

Haley, 35, would go on to play 274 games in the NHL for the Islanders, Rangers, Sharks, Panthers and Senators, scoring 11 goals and 21 assists. He also racked up 692 penalty minutes.

“I would like to thank Sting General Manager Dylan Seca and Head Coach Alan Letang for the opportunity. I look forward to working with the players and helping them develop on and off the ice,” said Haley in a press release.

Seca said Haley’s duties will remain focused around working with players in development both on and off the ice.

“Haley is a former Sting, and someone who carved out a NHL career through hard work, attention to detail and being a great teammate. Those qualities will certainly act as great learning tool for our players. The pathway to the NHL is full of twists and turns, we feel Michael can help our players understand the sacrifices and amount of dedication it takes to play at that level.”

Haley will get his start this Friday when the Sting head to Kitchener to battle the Rangers.