Flyers Add Author And Former NHLer To Staff

The Leamington Flyers have added a hockey luminary to their staff.

The Junior B hockey club announced Thursday that it hired Dr. Vern Stenlund as director of player development. His primary duty will be to generate contacts with the NCAA and hockey leagues in the U.S. on behalf of Leamington Flyers players, He will also serve as an adviser for players wanting to pursue post-secondary education.

Stenlund, 62, played his junior hockey in the 1970s with the London Knights. He was later drafted by the NHL’s Cleveland Barons and played for them during the 1976-77 season.

After his hockey career ended, he earned a doctorate in education from the University of Michigan and taught in the Faculty of Education at the University of Windsor, retiring in 2014.

Stenlund is a published author, writing several books on hockey coaching and player development. He also co-wrote the memoir of hockey legend Bobby Orr. He has also extensively worked with Hockey Canada.

He also served as a past head coach for Leamington, and was also a head coach of the Windsor Spitfires and the University of Windsor’s men’s hockey team.

Stenlund is the latest new face in the Flyers’ front office. He joins new general manager Justin Solcz and new head coach Cam Crowder. Both were named to the team two weeks ago.

The Flyers are preparing to hold two mini-camps in the coming weeks. They will hold a camp for American-born players on May 5, and their spring mini-camp on May 12 and 13. Prospective players should contact Justin Solcz.