Former Player turned Head Coach
On Tuesday, the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League announced that Marc Savard would become the Spits next head coach. Barring any further setbacks, a “Savvy” led Spitfires team along with the rest of the OHL will begin play starting October 7th.
The province of Ontario went through various shutdowns throughout the end of 2020 and into 2021 due to the pandemic. As a result, the OHL is the one league out of the three Canadian Hockey Leagues that did not resume play throughout the 2020-2021 season. We will see if the October 7th start date stands.
Savard, now 44 years old, played in 807 career games tallying 207 goals and 499 assists. Playing for the New York Rangers, Calgary Flames, Atlanta Thrashers and the Boston Bruins throughout his time in the league.
Post Career Work and Coaching
Savard’s career came to an abrupt halt due to concussions. After his career ended, he continued with some amateur golf play and began coaching his son Tyler’s AAA hockey team in Peterborough, Ontario. Along with some work with the local junior team, the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League.
In 2018, Savard launched Project 91. An organization dedicated to raising concussion awareness and donating much of its proceeds to concussion research. Not long after, he started up his own YouTube channel. The primary focus being instructional videos on different taping techniques with hockey sticks. He also spent some time as an analyst for Hockey Night in Canada. As well as some time spent on local radio shows in Toronto.
During the offseason of 2019, Marc Savard joined former Calgary Flames teammate Craig Berube in St. Louis as an assistant coach. However, he stepped down from this position after one season with the Blues to be with his family during the global pandemic. His new job as head coach of the Spitfires will be his return to coaching.
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