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Nobes named McGill`s hockey coach

MONTREAL - McGill University hired former Redmen player Kelly Nobes as its new men's hockey coach Friday. Nobes becomes the 11th former player to coach the team. The 36-year-old native of West Hill, Ont.
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MONTREAL - McGill University hired former Redmen player Kelly Nobes as its new men's hockey coach Friday.

Nobes becomes the 11th former player to coach the team. The 36-year-old native of West Hill, Ont., takes over for Jim Webster, who led McGill to a 34-14-1 record and the Queen's Cup title as Ontario conference champions.

Nobes spent the previous four seasons at Wilfrid Laurier, where he compiled a 77-34-1 record and led the Golden Hawks to a berth in the 2007 CIS championships.

Prior to that, Nobes spent five years coaching Royal Military College, where he led the Paladins to more career victories (32) and playoff appearances (5) than any other coach in the program's history.

"I have been involved in OUA hockey since 1993, first as a player then as a coach," Nobes said in a statement. "I now have the unique opportunity for my career to come full circle and go back to McGill where I began my CIS experience.

"Several factors have contributed to my decision, including: having an affinity for McGill; being close to family and having an appreciation for the city of Montreal. It's a great environment to be in, especially from a professional coaching perspective."

Nobes played four seasons at McGill, graduating as the ninth-leading scorer in school with 181 points in 131 games.

"I'm pleased to find a coach of Kelly's experience, calibre and passion for the game," said Drew Love, executive director of athletics and recreation at McGill. "He possesses all the qualities we were looking for. He is very familiar with the recruiting process, has directed a very successful program at Laurier and is well-respected by our alumni as he both played and coached with the Redmen.

"It's a good fit for us to bring back an energetic graduate from our hockey program."