Coaching staff U17 men's - Canada games
The FCQ is excited to announce the 2021 Canada Summer Games U17 men’s box lacrosse coaching staff:
Paul Lehmann – Head Coach (Sherbrooke, Qc) - Paul has led Quebec Provincial Box teams on seven occasions. Three times equaling Quebec's best finish at Nationals, winning tier-II gold. In 2015 he helped coach Team Canada U17 at the World Games where the team went undefeated. As a player, Paul played Jr A for Coquitlam (BC) and was a member of the 1993 Minto Cup finalist team. Currently, he coaches Champlain College in Lennoxville (QC) and delivers many NCCP coaching clinics throughout Eastern Canada.
Mike Benedict Jr. – Assistant Coach (St Regis, Qc) – This summer Mike was the Head Coach of Team Iroquois Midget leading the team to a bronze medal at the Canadian Championships in Coquitlam (BC). He has coached multiple Akwesasne minor OLA A calibre teams over the years. As a player, Mike won a professional MILL championship with the Rochester Knighthawks and a Sr B Presidents Cup. He was also a member of the Iroquois Nationals field team that went to the 1994 World Games in Manchester England.
Jeffrey Hébert – Assistant Coach (Saint-Mathias-sur-Richelieu, Qc) – Jeff coached the Quebec Provincial Bantam team in 2017 that went to Saskatoon (SK). Jeff played Junior A for the Akwesasne Indians, from 2006 to 2011, making the OLA playoffs in each of those years. After graduating from junior lacrosse, Jeff went on to win a Presidents Cup with St. Regis in 2012. Currently, Jeff is a Quebec NCCP Learning Facilitator.
Olivier Damphousse – Assistant Coach (St- Jérôme, Qc) – As head coach of Quebec's top junior team two years in a row, Olivier has qualified his team for the 2018 and 2019 Founders Cups (Jr B). Olivier will also bring a deep hockey coaching knowledge that complements his lacrosse background. As a player, Olivier played 6 years of Junior B, leading his teams to two Founders Cups. Oliver has also played several seasons of Sr B lacrosse in the FCQ.
Mike Thompson – Goalie Coach (Snye, Qc) – Mike was this year's head coach of Team Iroquois Bantam and led his team to a bronze medal at Nationals. In Akwesasne, he has helped numerous young goalies develop and reach some of the highest levels in the game. As a goalie himself, Mike won the Mann Cup (Sr A) in both 2010 and 2012 with the Peterborough Lakers. In 2012 Mike was awarded the prestigious Mann Cup tournament MVP. In 2008, he also won an NLL Championship with the Buffalo Bandits. Mike played a total of seven seasons in the NLL.
David Ouellette – Strength and Conditioning Coach (St-Hubert, Qc) – David coached the South Shore OLA Bantam B team last year to a very successful season. Along with his lacrosse coaching, David also oversees the hockey team at College Durocher in St-Lambert (Qc). Having completed a BSc in Human Kinetics - Applied Studies in Kinesiology Option, David will be in charge of the team's off floor training programs, nutrition, physical preparation and player progress over the two years leading up to the Canada Games. David played university and junior lacrosse in Ottawa.
The first Canada Games were held in 1967 and over 75,000 athletes have since participated in the Games across all sports. The multiple-sport event is held every two years, alternating between the Canada Summer Games and Canada Winter Games. The Niagara Games in 2021 will be the third time that lacrosse will be a participant. The other two times were in 1981 and 1987. Quebec won the lacrosse gold medal in 1981. The 2021 Canada Summer Games will be held in the Niagara Region, Ontario from August 15th to August 22nd. The first tryouts are tentatively scheduled for April 2020. Athletes born in 2005 and 2006 with Quebec residency will be eligible for the team.