I just wanted to update you fine readers on a few things that have transpired over the last week or so in Cleveland. Both items are hockey related and both will bring new attention and more “Cleveland” into the Lake Erie organization.
First up was the announcement that Jock Callander will be joining the coaching staff this year as an assistant coach to supplement David Oliver. Jock Callander is a bit of hockey royalty in Cleveland. Jock played for the Cleveland Lumberjacks of the IHL for seven seasons and would become the IHL’s leading scorer 1,402 career points. Jock will still retain his prior position of Director of Hockey Affairs and Team Services with the Monsters as well as his new duty. Callander has had prior coaching experience as well when he was an assistant coach for the Lumberjacks here in Cleveland and then with the Houston Aeros of the AHL. There hasn’t been word yet on what his specific duties will be, but his presence and experience will be welcomed behind the Monsters bench.
The second development was the unveiling of the Monsters new home uniform and the addition of the city of Cleveland’s name to the Lake Erie Monsters primary logo. The addition was done as recognition of the city and its fans commitment to hockey. It also clarifies the team’s home in the eyes of some people. When you think of Lake Erie, you don’t always think of just Cleveland and this will let people know exactly where the Monsters hail from. The new home uniform will be white with black and red accents and the lower portions of the sleeves will be a red then a black band to the cuffs.