Newbridge Academy is pleased to announce that Kirk Tomlinson will be joining our team as Director of Female Hockey
Newbridge Academy is pleased to announce that Kirk Tomlinson will be joining our team as Director of Female Hockey. He will bring a wealth of knowledge to our students as he further develops the female varsity hockey program and as an on-ice hockey instructor.
Tomlinson is a retired professional hockey player and a highly celebrated coach. Drafted 3rd round, 76th overall, in 1986 by the Minnesota North Stars, Kirk played Major Junior in the Ontario Hockey League for five years, which included being named to two OHL All-Star teams . He then went on to play professional hockey for 8 years in the American Hockey League and International Hockey League.
Kirk began his coaching career in the United Hockey League as an assistant coach. He then moved on to a head coaching position with the the Colorado Gold Kings in the West Coast Hockey League. Here, he helped establish a minor hockey association, overseeing the development of the league, coaches and players. His next move was to Michigan, coaching in the United Hockey League, before heading to Texas to coach in the Central Hockey League.
Kirk’s list of accomplishments continued to grow after his return to Nova Scotia to raise his family. He has had great success coaching at the Major Midget level and running elite spring hockey programs. In 2010, Kirk was named Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League Coach of the Year. His successes include three provincial championships and a visit to the Telus Cup with the Halifax Titans Major Midget team. In 2014, he was named head coach of the Hockey Nova Scotia U15 Female High Performance Program.
Most recently, Kirk has been chosen to work with the Canada Games teams from Nova Scotia, being named the Male Assistant Coach in 2015 and the Female Head Coach for the 2019 games.
As Kirk’s list of achievements in his career and the female hockey world continue to grow, our school and female hockey program have a very bright future ahead. Welcome Kirk!