Dave Leger joins the Kanata Lasers to be the next Head Coach of their Jr A CCHL1 Hockey Club.
Leger, 50, spent this past season in Poland where he led the Polish U20 team to a Silver Medal and the U18 team to a Bronze medal in respective IIHF competitions.
The Nepean, Ontario native began his coaching career with the Hawkesbury Hawks of the (then) CJHL in 1998-99 as an Assistant Coach, before earning a promotion to head coach during the 1999-00 season. Leger went on to coach 11 seasons at the University of Ottawa. He served as an assistant coach from 2000-03 before elevating to head coach of the Gee-Gees for eight seasons until 2011. In his first season as head coach, Leger led the Gee-Gees to a 17-3-3 record and a first-place finish in the OUA Far East. Leger compiled a record of 97-88-10 during his tenure at the University of Ottawa.
In 2011-12, Leger moved into the professional ranks and coached in Japan for the Tohoku Free Blades. Following a year back in Canada with the Ottawa 67’s, he returned to Japan in 2013-14 and helped coach the Nippon Paper Cranes to the Asia League championship. Following his time in Europe, he spent two seasons in the ECHL with both the Evansville Icemen (Assistant Coach) and the Elmira Jackals (Head Coach).
He is married (wife Darlene) and has two teenaged daughters (Jordyn and Renee) and they make their home in Orleans and is looking forward to his opportunity to help develop the Lasers players.