From the Stands: New Storm coach no stranger to Guelph

By Paul Osborne, Guelph Mercury

Jake Grimes has been announced as the Guelph Storm’s new associate coach with Todd Harvey leaving for an exciting opportunity as an amateur scout with the Vancouver Canucks.

Grimes, who grew up in Dartmouth and Halifax, Nova Scotia, has spent at least a few weeks every year in the Royal City as his parents moved here while he was still playing junior hockey with the Belleville Bulls back in the mid-90s.

“My folks moved to Guelph because my dad was a pilot and was transferred to fly out of Toronto,” he said.

“My mom was a nurse so they settled in Guelph and I would come back and spend the summers here with my family.  They are originally from Newfoundland so now have a place there where they live for about seven months a year but they will be back here in the winter and now have another reason to be big Storm fans.”

Grimes will join head coach George Burnett and Luca Caputi, handling primarily the defence corps.  One of his challenges will be teaching OHL Rookie of the Year, Ryan Merkley, how to become a better all-round defenceman before he is drafted into the NHL.  Offensively he is so very gifted but he will face tremendous scrutiny from NHL teams looking for holes in his game and Grimes will be a key figure in closing those gaps.  He has experience in this area, having worked day-in and day-out with P.K. Subban while an assistant under Burnett in Belleville.

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