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Posted: June 25th, 2013

Former Erie Otters Kris Grant and Jordan Coccimiglio will play for Otters alum Brett Gibson at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, next season, the school announced today. Grant and Coccimiglio are part of part a nine-player recruiting class that includes Kevin Bailie, a former goaltender for the London Knights and Oshawa Generals.
Grant, a 20-year-old defenseman, spent two seasons with the Otters from 2010-12. Last August, club officials told him to remain at home in the Kingston, Ontario, area instead of attending training camp after Grant requested a trade. He played for the Kingston Voyageurs of the Ontario Junior A Hockey League this past season.
Coccimiglio, a 20-year-old forward, had five goals and 13 points in 98 games for the Otters from 2009-11 before released by the club midway through the 2010-11 season. He spent the rest of that season with the Barrie Colts. He played for the OJHL’s Oakville Blades in 2011-12 and the Truro (Nova Scotia) Bearcats of the Maritime Junior Hockey League.
Gibson, 33, had 33 goals and 71 points in 94 games for the Otters from 1996-98. He has coached at Queen’s for the past eight seasons.

Posted: May 2nd, 2013

The Erie Otters have hired Chris Hartsburg and Vince Laise as the new assistant coaches on coach Kris Knoblauch‘s staff. They were introduced, along with first-round pick Dylan Strome, to the media and a group of season-ticket holders and fans during a welcome reception Thursday at Erie Insurance Arena.
Hartsburg, 33, whose father, Craig Hartsburg, was a defenseman in the NHL and now is associate coach with the Columbus Blue Jackets, spent the past four seasons as an assistant with the WHL’s Everett Silvertips. Hartsburg, a native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, will focus on the defense and penalty kill.
Laise, 30, a native of Bramalea, Ontario, will handle off-ice training, video breakdown and assist Knoblauch with the power-play units. He has worked with many professional athletes at the Athletic Training Center, a hockey training facility in Mississauga, Ontario. He also has worked with Strome.
He was an assistant coach this season with the Brampton Bombers, a Junior B club in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League. He spent the 2011-12 season, his first in coaching, with the Oakville Blades of the Ontario Junior A Hockey League.
Knoblauch said he has someone in mind for the club’s part-time goaltending coach. But he planned to wait until the OHL releases the schedule for the 2013-14 season before making a decision. Knoblauch said the team’s schedule would need to fit into that undisclosed candidate’s plans.

- Victor Fernandes