On April 10, Randy Russon reported that “co-founder and head coach Paul Theriault, who was given outright ownership of the Eagles part way through last season by his good friend and original founder Greg Eagle, may be close to selling the team.”
Paul has confirmed that some personal medical concerns require his attention and in order to address these, he may need to play a lesser role in the Eagles organization. Since this discloser may be viewed as ill-timed, Paul has struggled with his decision and as tough as it is for him to step aside, his priority is his health and family.
Paul Theriault and his management team have worked extremely hard to bring Junior “A” hockey to Sault Ste. Marie, MI. They have built a winning team over the past two years, providing top level competition, and hard-hitting hockey. They have also been successful in assisting players to move on to the NAHL, USHL, & D3 Universities; continuing their education.
Paul is a very dedicated and highly experienced coach who loves the game and wants to do the right thing for the team and the community. He has had to consider viable options to keep the team strong. Hence, restructuring in some way or other is in the best interest of the team, players and community.
Regardless of “structure”, Paul has reassured that the Eagles will be in Sault Ste. Marie, playing out of Pullar Stadium. “It is paramount that we continue to attract strong players and put the best team possible on the ice this fall.”
“Either way, we are moving forward for next season. We already have our Spring Tryout Camp set (for May 7-9) in Canton, Mich.,” Theriault confirmed.
Paul is looking forward to a great 2010 – 2011 season for the Eagles, and is thankful for the continued support and efforts of all associated with the team, its players, fans and our community. “The organization will continue to grow and be a strong influence in the community, as well as the NOJHL.”