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Vaillancourt Returns to Whalers to Lead Premier Team

By Whaler Nation, 06/08/21, 11:30AM EDT

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The Hampton Roads Whalers are proud to announce the return of Jon Vaillancourt, who takes over as Head Coach of the Whalers Premier squad for the 2021-2022 USPHL season after spending the last 2 seasons as the Head Coach of the Minnesota Wilderness of the North American Hockey League (NAHL).

"My family and I are excited to be re-joining the powerhouse Hampton Roads Whalers program", stated Vaillancourt.  "The Whalers have a long tradition of player advancement to the NAHL and USHL junior leagues along with collegiate division I and III programs. I am looking forward to once again being part of the Whaler family and contributing to this long tradition of excellence in player advancement. I'd like to thank GM Brad Jones and owner Pat Cavanagh for this opportunity".

Jon played for the Hampton Roads Jr. Whalers during their inaugural season in 2006. The team ended their season undefeated, capturing the CHA championship. He played on the Hampton Roads Junior Whalers Jr. A team for the 2007 - 2008 season, a powerful season that culminated in the team winning the Gardner Cup with an overall record of 43-19-4. Jon then moved to the college ranks, playing 4 years of NCAA hockey and graduating with a B.A. in history from Framingham State University.  

After college, Jon spent 4 seasons as the Assistant Coach with the Whalers, 2 years with the Elite team with now GM Brad Jones, and 2 seasons on the Premier team with former Whalers Head Coach, now Norfolk Admirals Head Coach Rod Taylor, winning the USPHL Championship in 2015-16.  He also worked with the Admirals as the assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach.

Jon grew up in La Valle Wisconsin, and is married to his wife Marah and has a newborn daughter Alina-Mae.

"Coach Vaillancourt represents the Whaler tradition inside and out as an original Whaler player who took our inaugural team to an  undefeated season and Championship", stated Owner Patrick Cavanagh.   "He was an assistant Coach on the Whalers Premier 2016 National Championship team and has excelled at every step in his career and is known for never being out worked, a true Whaler Nation trait. We welcome Jon back to his home in Hampton Roads".

"The Whalers have high expectations year in and year out", stated GM Brad Jones.  "Jon knows what it means to be a Whaler and what it takes to develop players and compete for Championships in the USPHL.  He will provide tremendous opportunity for our player’s continued development and advancement to the University level of play".