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Junior “A” Islanders add to coaching staff

Former WLA player has been with Ridge Meadows Minor Lacrosse and Junior Burrards
Justin Doucette
The Delta Islanders have added Justin Doucette to their coaching staff for the 2022 B.C. Junior "A" Lacrosse League season.

Dave Bremner has wasted little time in getting to work as the new general manager of the Delta Junior “A” Islanders.

On Monday, Bremner announced the addition of Justin Doucette to the coaching staff where he will join head coach Kyle Goundrey behind the bench for the 2022 season.

As a player, Doucette was a member of the Coquitlam Junior “A” Adanacs before being drafted by the New West Salmonbellies in 1998.

He finished his WLA playing career with the Langley Thunder, then established himself in the coaching ranks, mainly with the powerhouse Ridge Meadows Minor Lacrosse program. He also has been part of Team B.C. and last season guided the Maple Ridge Burrards Junior B Tier One team.

Besides thriving in player development, Doucette can provide terrific insight on future talent, said Bremner.

“We want to welcome Justin to our organization,” said Bremner. “We had had some great talks, with all his knowledge of the minor players in (U16) lacrosse and coming through the Burrards' ranks. It definitely gives us some good insight towards future drafts.”

The B.C. Junior “A” Lacrosse Draft takes place in late January with player combines slated for earlier in the month in the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island.

Bremner was offered the club’s GM position last month after spending a number of years with the Nanaimo Timbermen at the junior and senior levels. The Victoria resident likes the Islanders’ position moving forward as they look to be a contender again.

“When I got approached by Kyle, I did my homework, watched film and went through their player personnel. There is something here and they have definitely underachieved,” he said. “It’s a very competitive league. You have to bring your ‘A’ game, but, it’s a great group people over there. I definitely think we can turn things around and do some great things.

“We’re going (into next season) with the intention we have a very good offensive group. We will be relying more on team play than individual play. The focus is to have six to seven guys with 50 points opposed to one with 100 and everyone else with 30.”