The Uxbridge Bruins Junior Hockey Club is pleased to announce that Jay Simmonds has accepted a promotion to the position of general manager.
Born and raised in Uxbridge, Simmonds played three seasons with the Bruins before rejoining the team last year as Assistant GM. He has spent the past year apprenticing under former general manager Mark Savery, who recently accepted a position with the Elliot Lake Red Wings.
“Jay is a bright young man with an excellent mind for the game. Over the past year, he has shown great pride, commitment, and enthusiasm for the management side of hockey, and continuing to build the Uxbridge Bruins into one of the premier organizations in the PJHL,” said team president Cam Stewart.
As a former Bruins player, Simmonds noted that there is a growing enthusiasm for PJHL hockey among players and he is excited to continue work on bringing a Schmalz Cup provincial championship to Uxbridge.
“I am extremely grateful for all of Mark’s support over the past year and his mentorship as I made the transition from playing to managing. I’m looking forward to the opportunities we have to continue to build on the success the team has had in recent years,” added Simmonds.
Graduating to the general manager position, Simmonds joins head coach Mike Spataro, as well as assistant coaches Trevor Cox and Jamie Showers as former Bruins players now involved in the team’s hockey operations department.
“Playing for the Bruins has given us great perspective. Not only in what we need to do as a team to win and be successful, but also what a Schmalz Cup championship would mean to this community. We all want to reward our fans with a championship for their passion, support, and commitment over the past 45 seasons,” Simmonds noted.