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Carolina Jr. Hurricanes (formerly Jr. Eagles) name new Premier head coach, Elite assistant coach

By Hurricanes Staff, 03/14/19, 3:00PM EDT

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Raleigh, NC – Jocelyn Langlois, Chief Executive Officer of Carolina Eagles Junior Program of the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL), has announced that the organization will begin the 2019-2020 season rebranded as the Carolina Junior Hurricanes.

With this transition, the organization has named Kevin St. Jacques as the Premier Head Coach and Elite Assistant Coach. The USPHL Southeast Division has ranked in the top for the past several seasons, with over 75 NCAA commitments last season.

The division is proven to be outstanding for player advancement. St. Jacques, formerly with the Atlanta Knights/ Kings Hockey Organization, is renowned for moving more than 40 players on to NCAA D3 schools and several ACHA programs and will now conduct these efforts within the Carolina Junior Hurricanes program.

Lincoln Flagg, former Premier Head Coach, will remain on staff as the General Manager and College Player Placement Coordinator.

“A primary goal of the Junior Hockey Program is to create the best environment in which our athletes will thrive while potentially advancing their athletic careers through extensive exposure to NCAA Colleges. While I am extremely proud of the many accomplishments of the Carolina Eagles program and each of the key members that contributed to that success, partnering St. Jacques with our esteemed team of experts remaining with the program will provide a dynamic atmosphere for all of our athletes and their families,” said Langlois, CEO of Carolina Junior Hurricanes.

“I welcome Kevin St. Jacques to the Carolina Junior Hurricanes USPHL Teams,” said Flagg, General Manager of Carolina Junior Hurricanes. “We believe Kevin’s professional experience, communication skills, and ability to inspire athletes, will be an asset to this organization. I personally look forward to working with him in the future.”

“I would like to extend my congratulations and welcome Kevin and his family to North Carolina and the Carolina Junior Hurricanes. As an opponent in years past, Kevin has gained my respect as a Coach. The talent, morality, and sportsmanship his athletes demonstrate on the ice is a testament to his outstanding coaching,” said Brad Gaylord, Elite Head Coach and Premier Assistant Coach of Carolina Junior Hurricanes. “I am excited to work with Kevin, knowing that the knowledge and passion he will bring will be infectious, and our players and staff will benefit.”

Kevin St. Jacques joined the Atlanta Knights/Kings Hockey Organization for the 2014-2015 season as Head Coach of the Atlanta Knights Empire team and Assistant Coach of the Atlanta Knights Elite team. After 2 seasons he took on Head Coach Position of both teams. St. Jacques, an Edmonton, Alberta native played both AA and AAA hockey before playing 4 years in the WHL with Spokane and Lethbridge. In his last year in Lethbridge, Kevin led the league in scoring with 65 goals 75 assists 140 PIMs in 71 games. He was a draft choice of the Chicago Blackhawks.

St. Jacques started and coached the Richmond Generals U14, 16 and 18 AAA program before going on to coach at the D3 ACHA Club Hockey level prior to joining the Atlanta Kings. During his time with Atlanta, he moved more than 40 players on to NCAA D3 schools and several ACHA Programs.

"I am very proud to be a part of the Carolina Junior Hurricanes program and want to thank Jocelyn and the coaching staff for this great opportunity to work with what’s already a great staff of coaches in the organization," said St. Jacques. "I'm going to give everything I have to the Jr Hurricanes and I am very excited about being a part of the future of the club."

Kevin, along with his wife, Shannon, 10 year old daughter, Mack and their 4 dogs will be relocating from GA to NC this summer.