Press Release: Newbridge Academy is pleased to announce Brandon Benedict as Head Coach of the Major Bantam Boy’s
Newbridge Academy is pleased to announce the addition of Brandon Benedict as the Head Coach of the Major Bantam boy’s hockey team. Newbridge is excited about the addition of the Nova Scotia native as a head coach to help continue to build its Bantam program into a AAA powerhouse. “We believe the addition of Coach Benedict will compliment the impressive staff already establishing Newbridge Academy as a prestigious prep school,” said Headmaster Jason Wolfe.
Benedict was selected in the second round of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League draft by the Halifax Mooseheads. After five seasons with the Mooseheads, Benedict played for four years at Acadia University in Wolfville, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration. After university, he played professional hockey in the East Coast Hockey League in the US for one season before signing the next season in Denmark. After a successful season in Denmark, he was signed to play for the Belfast Giants in Northern Ireland of the Elite Ice Hockey League. He has played in this league for a total of nine seasons including four season for the Nottingham Panthers in the UK. While in the UK, Brandon met and married his wife Kirsty. They have two children, Austin, who is 4 and Annika who is 2. For the past three seasons, Brandon has once again been playing for the Belfast Giants while also adding the role of player-assistant coach to his resume.
Benedict has actually worked previously for Newbridge Academy. He helped Newbridge Academy’s CEO Trevor MacEachern with one of the very first mail outs back in 2007. He and Trevor sat at his kitchen table to label more than 20,000 copies of an advertisement. “I am very happy to have Brandon back at Newbridge. He was known as a player for having great work ethic and character, and I know that is what he will bring to our school. He will be a great role model for our players as well as a terrific ambassador for our school,” said MacEachern.
Benedict holds the record as the all time points leader for the Halifax Mooseheads. He and Athletic Director Olivier Filion were rivals during their time playing in the QMJHL. Filion, like Benedict, holds the record as all time points leader for the Acadie-Bathurst Titans. Filion is excited about having such a high caliber coach join the hockey coaching staff. “He actually scored the game winner to eliminate Bathurst from the play-offs during my very last game in the Q,” said Filion. “I remember playing against him like it was yesterday. So when his name landed on my desk as a potential coach, I knew this could be an amazing addition for Newbridge.”
“I am very excited for this opportunity to be moving into a full time coaching position with the major bantam program, which I feel has immense potential to continue to move forward on the ice. I will do my very best to help develop each student athlete reach their full potential both on the ice as well as in the classroom,” said Benedict from his home in Ireland. “I can feel his passion and excitement to help us grow this program,” says Filion. “I know that he brings with him the skills to develop our athletes on and off the ice and that is our priority.”
Benedict will begin scouting and recruiting right away. He will be part of the coaching staff at the first-ever Newbridge Academy Hockey Showcase being held May 3-6, 2018 both at the school and the Dartmouth 4-pad. For more information about the showcase go to the registration form on our web site or contact Olivier Filion at firstname.lastname@example.org.