CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – The Charlottetown Islanders announced today that they’ve renewed the contracts for multiple members of the hockey operations staff. Head coach and general manager Jim Hulton has signed a three-year agreement to remain in his role, while associate coach and assistant general manager Guy Girouard, assistant coach Kevin Henderson, equipment manager Andrew “Spider” MacNeill, and athletic therapist Devin Atkin have all signed two-year agreements.
“As we enter a new chapter of the franchise’s story heading into our tenth year as the Islanders, it was important to us that we secure our future behind the bench with the hockey operations staff that has brought us our greatest successes as a franchise.” Said Islanders president of operations, Craig Foster.
Jim Hulton will enter his eighth season as Islanders head coach and seventh as the general manager. The reigning CHL Coach of the Year and back-to-back QMJHL Coach of the Year is fourth among active QMJHL coaches with 266 wins in his career and has coached Charlottetown to three 40-win seasons, including a franchise record 48 victories just last season. As a general manager, Hulton was awarded the QMJHL’s Maurice Filion Trophy in 2020-2021 as the GM of the year, an award he was also nominated for this past season. Hulton has also represented Canada internationally behind the bench, serving as an assistant coach with Team Canada at the World Junior Championships on three separate occasions. This offseason, he served as a coach for Hockey Canada’s World Junior Summer Showcase.
Guy Girouard enters his seventh season behind the bench in Charlottetown. Looking after the team’s defensive corps, Girouard has often been named by current and former players as one of the keys to the blueline’s success. Prior to joining the Islanders, Girouard served as a head coach for the CIHA Voyageurs for several years, helping to develop future junior hockey players after a long professional playing career that spanned the globe.
Kevin Henderson returns to the Islanders bench for his fourth season after a successful playing career that included a stint with the NHL’s Nashville Predators, as well as a Calder Cup victory with the AHL’s Texas Stars. Henderson is responsible for Charlottetown’s forward group along with the team’s penalty kill, which finished last season with a league-high 84.3% success rate.
Andrew “Spider” MacNeill has been a fixture in major junior hockey on PEI since its inception, serving as the equipment manager from the early days of the PEI Rocket until today. To date, MacNeill has been on the bench for close to 1300 major junior games. Recently, he completed his second stint with Hockey Canada as one of the equipment managers for the Hlinka-Gretzky Cup Summer Selection Camp.
Devin Atkin joined the Islanders ahead of the 2021-2022 season and has been warmly welcomed within the locker room. Prior to arriving in Charlottetown, Atkin served as the athletic therapist for the Grande Prairie Storm (Alberta Junior A Hockey League) for two seasons and the Dauphin Kings (Manitoba Junior A Hockey League) for two other seasons.
2022-23 Season Tickets, 15-Game Packs, and Flex-40 ticket packages are now on sale at the Islanders Team Shop online, in-person, or by phone at 902.892.7351.
The Islanders kick off their 10th anniversary season on the road in Halifax before hosting the Mooseheads on home ice on Saturday, September 24th. Tickets are available in person at the Eastlink Centre Box Office, by phone at 902.629.6625, or online.