After serving one season as associate coach of the Ontario Hockey League champion Hamilton Bulldogs, former Soo Greyhounds forward David Matsos is once again becoming a head coach.
The Bulldogs have announced on Tuesday that they have named the 44 year old as the club’s new bench boss for the upcoming season.
Prior to joining the Bulldogs, the Burlington, Ontario native spent four seasons with the Sudbury Wolves from 2013-2017.
In his first season as associate coach of the Wolves in 2013-2014, Matsos helped the club to a 77 point season, before they were eliminated four games to one by the Barrie Colts in the Eastern Conference quarterfinal.
Back in January of 2015, Matsos took over as the Wolves interim coach after the club fired bench boss Paul Fixter.
The Wolves ended up finishing last in the Ontario Hockey League in the 2014-2015 season with a record of 12 wins, 54, losses, 1 overtime loss and 1 shootouts loss, good for only 26 points.
Following their worst season in franchise history, the Wolves named Matsos as their head coach for the 2015-2016 season.
After serving two full seasons as head coach of the Wolves from 2015-2017, Matsos left the Wolves to become associate coach of the Hamilton Bulldogs for the 2017-2018 season.
As an assistant coach of the Windsor Spitfires from 2010-2013, Matsos worked alongside his former Soo Greyhound teammates Bob Jones and Bob Boughner.
Matsos played four seasons with the Soo Greyhounds from 1989-1993, where he helped the club win back to back J. Ross Robertson Cup titles (1991 & 1992) and one Memorial Cup title in 1993.
The 44 year old becomes the Bulldogs third bench boss in franchise history, joining George Burnett (2015-2016) and John Gruden (2016-2018).
Gruden, not to mention, was named assistant coach of the National Hockey League’s New York Islanders back on July 18th.