DANBURY, CT– The Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks have officially hired Doug Friedman as head coach of the NA3HL team.
Friedman transitioned to coaching in 2013 after a seven-year professional playing career which included 18 NHL games with the Edmonton Oilers and Nashville Predators, 365 AHL games and 69 IHL games.
“I am really excited to be joining the Hat Tricks organization,” Friedman said. “The ownership and staff are all committed to a strong vision of being the best we can be. It’s a great opportunity for a player to continue to develop and grow on and off the ice, and to pursue college hockey opportunities.”
“With the coaching staff that’s present within the program, there will be a lot of opportunities for players,” he added.
He most recently served as head coach for the Twin City Thunder in the USPHL NCDC division. He previously coached Twin City’s Premier division team as well as the Portland Jr. Pirates. Friedman also coached Kents Hill School for four seasons.
Friedman’s prior experience garnered praise from within the organization. General manager Billy McCreary is excited about the fit.
“On behalf of the Danbury Hat Tricks organization, we would like to welcome coach Friedman to the Hat City,” McCreary said. “Doug has worked tirelessly in the game of hockey, as a player and a coach. His experience, along with his high character, aligns with our core values of hard work, passion and a team-first mentality.”
“Whether we are talking about Junior or Pro players, coach Friedman’s leadership ability will be beneficial for every player that puts on a Hat Tricks jersey,” McCreary continued.
Friedman’s two sons, Jaxon and Grady, both have North American Hockey League Experience- Jaxon a goaltender with the Austin Bruins in 2019-20, Grady a forward for the Maryland Black Bears in 2020-21.
Friedman takes over a Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks team entering its third season of operations. The Jr. Hat Tricks finished second in the NA3HL’s East Division, posting a 23-13-0 record under head coach Kevin Cunningham.
Written by Casey Bryant