The Saint John Sea Dogs are proud to announce the addition of Travis Crickard to the team’s coaching staff as Assistant Coach.
Crickard has had a variety of coaching roles since retiring as a player in 2010. His previous work in the CHL includes time with the Ottawa 67s (OHL) and Kelowna Rockets (WHL), as both an assistant coach and a goaltending coach. In 2014-2015, Crickard won the Ed Chynoweth Cup with the Kelowna Rockets as the best team in the WHL, ultimately losing in overtime in the Memorial Cup Finals. Crickard has also spent time in New Zealand, as the General Manager of the Botany Swarm.
“The decision to return to coaching in the Canadian Hockey League was predicated on a number of factors” said Crickard. “Some of those factors included working with genuine people, coaching in a values driven environment, and offering my family a quality place to live. The Saint John Sea Dogs and Saint John area check those boxes with an exclamation point. As a result, my family and I are incredibly thankful for the opportunity Trevor Georgie and Gordie Dwyer have afforded us to be a part of the Sea Dogs organization and the community of Saint John.”
Internationally, Crickard has worked for Hockey Canada and has held coaching staff roles twice at the Under-17 World Hockey Championships, and most recently, was the video coach of the Under-18 Men’s team, winning gold with Sea Dogs’ head coach Gordie Dwyer.
“We’re really excited to add Travis to our coaching staff,” said Dwyer. “His experience in many different coaching environments and drive to learn have facilitated a deep understanding of optimal teaching. This will prove to be a great resource for our players. His time in the CHL and multiple assignments with Hockey Canada have him well prepared for the opportunity.”
Crickard leaves his role as the Head Coach of the Waterloo Wolves U18 AAA team, where he held the position from July 2020.
“We like his international experience and the fact that he has been part of teams that had to prepare for major tournaments” said Sea Dogs President & General Manager, Trevor Georgie. “It was obvious that losing in the 2015 Memorial Cup Finals was a life experience that he wants another shot at and wants to rewrite history.”
A former goaltender, the St. John’s, Newfoundland native is familiar with the Maritimes and New Brunswick specifically, where he played 20 games with the Woodstock Slammers of the MJAHL before moving on to play NCAA DIII with SUNY-Potsdam.