SUPRYKA GOES HOLLYWOOD
A Belleville native is taking his show to Hollywood next season
Jason Supryka, who had previously been an assistant coach in the Ontario Hockey League with the Belleville Bulls (now Hamilton Bulldogs) and Kingston Frontenacs, has been named as a pro scout for the Los Angeles Kings of the NHL.
Supryka came on board with the Bulls under George Burnett’s regime in 2004-05 and spent the better part of 10 seasons as an assistant coach and a conditioning coach under Burnett in Belleville. In the meantime, he also spent two seasons in the Ontario Junior Hockey League as the head coach of the Trenton Hercs (now Golden Hawks) from 2007-09. When the Bulls left for Hamilton at the end of the 2014-15 season, Supryka managed to land another with the Kingston Frontenacs on Paul McFarland’s staff.
Supryka’s primary role with the Kings will be to scout the American Hockey League’s North Division, featuring the Belleville Senators, who will begin play next season as well.
Supryka says he hopes this chance at the NHL will eventually lead him back to a head coaching job in the OHL.
Other local hockey notes: Former Quinte Red Devils Minor Midget forward Brady Gilmour was selected 193rd overall in the 7th round of the 2017 NHL Draft in Chicago this weekend by the Detroit Red Wings. Gilmour scored 61 points in 36 games in the 2014-15 season with the Red Devils in leading them to a OMHA championship as team captain. He then went on to be drafted 6th overall by the Saginaw Spirit in the 2015 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection Draft, putting up 23 points in his rookie campaign. The Grafton native broke out this past season (2016-17), scoring 26 goals and adding 21 assists for 47 points. Gilmour was one of four OHL players to be picked by the Red Wings. A big congratulations goes out to Brady and his family.
The Trenton Golden Hawks held their 2017 "Elite Prospect Camp" at the Duncan McDonald Memorial Arena Saturday afternoon. 43 players were split into two teams to practice and scrimmage, allowing newly named head coach/GM Marty Abrams a chance to take a close-up look at the players that could potentially make up the 2017-18 roster. Players were invited from around the Quinte region, the GTA, Golden Horseshoe, and as far away as Rochester, N.Y. for the camp. Main training camp is expected to take place in August.