Peterborough Petes alumnus and accomplished professional hockey player and coach Rob Wilson has been named the 23rd Head Coach in team history.
Wilson served as Head Coach of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga’s (DEL) Nuremberg Ice Tigers for the past three seasons, compiling a record of 97-43-0-8 in the German premiere league over that span.
“After conducting a thorough review and selection process through which a number of highly qualified candidates were considered, I’m very excited to announce Rob as our new Head Coach,” says General Manager Mike Oke. “Rob brings a strong knowledge of the game, utilizing current systems and strategies to prepare his players for various game situations."
Rob Wilson (Photo via Nuremberg Ice Tigers website)
Wilson played for the Petes during the 1988-89 season after being acquired from the Sudbury Wolves. He helped the team win the J. Ross Robertson Cup as OHL champions that season before embarking on a pro playing career that included stops in various North American and European leagues.
“I felt that the opportunity to join the Petes would allow me to have a strong, positive impact on the organization, and particularly on the players,” says Coach Wilson. “As a coach I’m hard but fair. Players will feel intensity through my leadership.”
Wilson has maintained strong connections with the Peterborough area through his career. His daughters Jessica and Lynsay live and attend school in Peterborough, and he owns a cottage on Chemong Lake. His fiancée, Heidi, and her son, Max, will relocate to the area this summer.