Panthers name Guiney new general manager

Alex Guiney

Alex Guiney has been named the new general manager of the Port Hope Panthers.

Guiney, who was also recently named assistant general manager and director of analytics for the Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Cobourg Cougars, takes over from former Panthers head coach and general manager Shawn Dunbar with the Provincial Junior Hockey League club.

Dunbar has returned to the Lakefield Chiefs as general manager.

“It’s sad to see Dunny go, but with the COVID-19 pandemic many of us are thinking more about family and it became a priority for Shawn to be close to home,” Yvette Lagrois, govenor of the Panthers, said in a release on May 5.

“We look forward to continuing to nurture a core group of players, infusing new talent, and taking the club to the next level with opportunities for players and staff to move up through junior hockey. Adding Alex as our general manager and bringing his valuable talents to the Panthers will help us with this goal.”

Guiney, a graduate of Queen’s and Brock universities with a degree in sports management, served as an assistant general manager in the OJHL the past three seasons, including the past two with the Trenton Golden Hawks. Before that he worked alongside current Cougars head coach David Demarinis in Pickering.

“I am extremely excited to be joining one of the premier organizations in the PJHL,” Guiney said in the release. “The Port Hope Panthers have a storied history of success and operational excellence. I am looking forward to working with the current players and staff – as well as the staff with the Cobourg Cougars – to ensure Port Hope remains one of the top destinations in junior C.”

The Port Hope Panthers are an affiliate club for the junior A Cobourg Cougars. Guiney’s hiring with the Cougars was announced on April 27.

“Alex’s role as assistant GM with Cobourg and general manager of the Panthers further entrenches our organizations’ fully integrated player and staff development model,” Cougars GM Adam Yahn noted in the release. “I am excited to be working with him to develop our prospects so they can move on to higher levels within hockey here in Northumberland County.”

The head coach position for the Panthers is still vacant, but Yahn said a new coach will be named soon.

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