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This long-time coach began his involvement in hockey as a player, making his way up through the minor hockey system of Thunder Bay during the 1970s and 80s, earning a bronze medal with Andrews Midget AAA team at the 1983 Air Canada Cup National Championship.

From there it was on to the Chatham Junior Maroons of the Western Ontario Hockey League before heading to McGill University where he served on their defensive line from 1985-89, captaining the squad in his final year. After time playing in Germany and the East Coast Hockey League, he returned to Montreal, this time moving behind the bench, doing double duty as a hockey coach at McGill and Loyola High School along with teaching.

Wanting to pursue a professional coaching career, he joined the staff of the AHL Baltimore Bandits for the 1996-97 season. Moving in to the NHL in 1997 with the St. Louis Blues as their video coach, he remained with the club for 9 seasons, taking on strength and conditioning, scouting coordinator and assistant coaching duties. His talents were also called upon by Team Canada to serve as their video coach at the 2006 World Men's Hockey Championships.

Moving into the Los Angeles Kings organization in 2006 as an assistant coach and director of amateur development, he helped build the club over the next six years, which culminated in their memorable 2012 Stanley Cup winning season. Following that success, he was tapped by Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville, who had given him his first job in the NHL with St. Louis, to join him behind the bench. With their 2013 Stanley Cup victory he became the first assistant coach in over 75 years to win back-to-back Cups with two different clubs.

Taking on GM and Head Coach duties with the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League from 2014-16, he took the team to playoff berths in both seasons and reached the Western Conference Finals in 2015. Returning to the NHL, he served on the coaching staff of the Winnipeg Jets from 2016-22, and as an Assistant Coach with the Florida Panthers, where he remains today, having been a part of their epic run to the 2023 Stanley Cup finals.

Having been involved in the game of hockey for over 40 years, as a player and coach, from the amateur to the professional ranks, one thing that has never changed is his passion for the game, which all began on the rinks of northwestern Ontario.

Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 30, 2023

Jamie Kompon

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