Oshawa Generals head coach Greg Walters has agreed to a two-year contract extension.
In his first season as a head coach in the Ontario Hockey League, the former Ontario Junior Hockey League and Canadian Junior Hockey League coach of the year led the Generals to a 44-20-4-0 record and a third place finish in the Eastern Conference in the 2018-19 season.
Generals vice president and general manager Roger Hunt says he is elated to announce the extension of Walters.
“In his first year as head coach Greg has become the undeniable leader for our players. With this extension I couldn’t be happier to have our team in Greg’s hands for the next number of years,” says Hunt.
Hunt says Walters brings the values of structure, hard work and excellence to the team while still allowing the players to have fun and be creative.
The team set a record for road wins and improving the power play and penalty kill, finishing in the top five in the OHL.
“It’s a great honour to sign this extension. I can’t thank Rocco Tullio and Roger Hunt enough for the opportunity to continue to grow and develop with this team. I have enjoyed my time here in Oshawa thus far, the fans and players have been great,” said Walters. “It wouldn’t have been such an easy transition without the help of [assistant coaches] Greg Nemisz and Nathan McIver, they do a tremendous amount of work to assist me in leading this team.”
“His record speaks for itself as a first year coach in the OHL. I’m extremely excited with the future of our hockey team to have Greg continue behind our bench,” said Generals president and governor Tullio. “To have one of the best young hockey minds behind our bench for years to come – it gives me great comfort knowing that this team not only today, but also for the future, is in great hands.”