Still four months out from the start of the next hockey season, the Wellesley Applejacks have made some changes to their management.
Brad Gerber remains as head coach, and Greg Gerber – no relation – has been chosen as the new director of hockey operations.
“He’s been around hockey all his life. He’s a very smart hockey guy, a business guy. I think he’s the perfect guy for the position. He’s going to help the team in great ways. We look forward to it,” said Brad of Greg’s addition to the team.
Garry Springer is the new president and Rhonda White-Tucker has taken over as vice-president. Springer served as the team’s vice-president last season.
“He’s a great guy for the job, does very well with structure,” Brad said of Springer.
Bill Grebinski is no longer the general manager of the team and the management is in the process of choosing his replacement.
Brad Gerber says they thought as an organization it was important to fill the director of hockey operations position first to get structure, and then focus on naming a GM.
“We have a meeting next week to see what we’re going to do, but right now [with] the coaching staff it is just day to day stuff we’re getting done, as far as recruiting players. Right now the big thing is getting Greg in place and going from there,” Brad said.
Greg made a point of noting many people have come before him that have done fine work to help the team progress.
“There are a number of folks that have chosen to go different directions, but most of them put in the hard years of volunteer work for this association and that was appreciated,” Greg said.
He’s looking forward to supporting the coaches and management and identifying what some of their needs are, as they work over the coming weeks on identifying each person’s responsibilities.
Greg grew up in the township and is a former Applejack, having played for a few seasons with the Junior C team, including the team’s inaugural year. He applied for the position because he was looking for a way to give back and he enjoys sports.
“I just felt I saw a need to be involved and because it’s a community owned and operated team, to be involved and work within the community. I felt it was an opportunity to give back a little bit and to support the folks that are going to be moving forward and making some of those decisions,” Greg said.
While it’s still too early to be setting goals for the upcoming season, he’s confident they can be a strong contender again.
“I would like to see us improve on what we accomplished last year. Last year we had a strong showing. I would say that the boys exceeded the expectations that were probably placed on them at the start of the year. And I have to add we were the youngest team in the league last year and we’re hoping that with a good nucleus coming back and a few pieces that can be added to it, that we should be stronger,” Greg said.
“We’re looking forward to the season. We’re in good shape. We’re working with the Kings again and it’s all good,” Brad added.