Rockets Name Williams Head Coach

The Strathroy Rockets are very pleased to announce that we have hired Jason Williams to be our head coach for the upcoming 2020-21 GOJHL season.

Williams replaces Jason Furlong, who was Rockets head coach for the past two seasons. Williams has just started a young family, and also because of time commitments and work he will be stepping back. He remains with the organization as assistant general manager.

Williams currently lives in London with his wife Julie and two children, and is the owner of PHD Hockey Essentials. He played in our league as an affiliated player while suiting up for the Jr. B Mount Brydges Bulldogs before going on to play in the Ontario Hockey League with the Peterborough Petes. He was a second round pick in the 1996 OHL draft.

Jason Williams. Photo: Facebook.

On September 18, 2000, Williams was signed by the Detroit Red Wings as an undrafted free agent. Over the next 16 seasons, he played in over 150 games in Europe, 375 AHL games and 455 games in the NHL with Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, Columbus, Dallas and Pittsburgh. He won a Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings in 2002.

Over the last couple of seasons, Williams has coached in the Elgin Middlesex Chiefs program, and last year had one of the best Minor Midget teams in the province with an Alliance Championship. In the OHL Priority Selection draft in April, an incredible nine players were drafted from that team. He has also been an assistant coach in our league with the Komoka Kings.

“Jason will provide a lot of valuable experience to our players as we continue our focus on player development within our organization,” said Rockets director of hockey operations and general manager Kent Coleman. “Any time that you can add someone with Jason’s resume, work ethic and attention to detail whose values and beliefs are in line with what we are trying to do here in Strathroy, you try to make it happen.”

Williams said, “I’m really excited about joining the Rockets organization and continuing on with this next chapter in my hockey career.”

Coleman said Furlong “has been a major reason why our program has been moving in the right direction over these last few years and I felt that it was important that he stay involved in whatever capacity he was comfortable with moving forward. He will help me and assistant GM Jake Jeffrey as the year progresses.”

Rockets assistant coaches Mitch McNeill, Matt Hackett and Brady Vandenberk return this season. Williams will be adding to his staff over the next few weeks.

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