Guy Gaudreau to Step Down as Head Gloucester Catholic Ice Hockey Coach
An era at Gloucester Catholic has come to an end, but the impact that Head Coach Guy Gaudreau leaves upon the Rams ice hockey program cannot be overstated.
Gaudreau announced that he will step down as GC head ice hockey coach after 11 seasons. He will continue in his current role as Director of Ice Hockey Operations at Hollydell Ice Arena in Sewell, NJ while also spending time with his
family and following the career of his son, NHL star Johnny Gaudreau.
Guy Gaudreau compiled a won-loss record of 101-97-21 in his 11 campaigns. The Rams’ brightest moment came during the 2009-2010 season when they advanced to the NJSIAA Non-Public state championship game before losing to Delbarton.
Gaudreau saw many talented players come and go, but none more special than his own son, Johnny Gaudreau, now a three-time NHL All-Star with the Calgary Flames. Johnny along with his younger brother Matt – a star himself at Boston College — were two of the top players during the Rams’ run to the state final appearance as the Rams upset both St. Augustine Prep and Christian Brothers Academy during the tournament.
Other standouts who played for the Rams during Guy Gaudreau’s coaching career include Buddy Robinson, currently with the NHL’s Ottawa Senators; his brother Eric Robinson; Riley Horvath, Nick Allison, Ryan Meehan, Anthony Calabrese, Vince Capone, Alexey Kruglov, Dan Spencer, and John Forsythe.
Guy began his tenure as head coach with the school shortly after the program was started in the mid-2000’s. He previously served as assistant coach under Chris Voit before assuming the head coach’s position.
“In the early years we weren’t well organized as a program – we let the program evolve and then it just took off from there,” Guy said. “We always had a lot of interest and commitment from some great families and players, and this is why we were successful.”
As Director of Ice Hockey Operations at Hollydell Arena, which includes the Hollydell Hurricanes, Guy has also guided many of South Jersey’s top performers, including NHL players Johnny Gaudreau (Flames), Buddy Robinson (Senators) and Anthony DeAngelo (Tampa Bay Lightning).
A native of Vermont, Guy Gaudreau was recently elected to the Vermont State Sports Hall of Fame. Gaudreau was one of the most prolific Vermont high school athletes in soccer and hockey as a student at North Country Union High School before continuing his outstanding careers in both sports at Norwich University.
Guy and his wife Jane, along with Johnny, Matt and daughter Katie, a GC senior, have also worked diligently with the Rams’ community to raise money for families who need financial assistance to attend Gloucester Catholic. The Gaudreau family collaborates with GC staff to sponsor the Annual Johnny Gaudreau Scholarship Golf Tournament each July at Blue Heron Pines Golf Club in Egg Harbor Township.
Former Principal John Colman, who helped to start the Gloucester Catholic ice hockey program, recalled Guy Gaudreau’s impact on the school’s success and South Jersey ice hockey in general.
“Guy was instrumental along with Chris Voit with introducing ice hockey to Gloucester Catholic,” said Colman. “I’m saddened to hear the news of Guy’s retirement as coach, but it is totally understandable with his sons John and Matt enjoying such successful careers and his daughter Katie ready to graduate from GC. But we’re all glad that he is now able to spend well-deserved time with his family.
“Guy will still be a part of Gloucester Catholic as he and his family will still continue sponsoring the Gaudreau Family Golf Tournament. I wish Guy and his family well and thank him for all the good he has done for Gloucester Catholic.”
Athletic Director Pat Murphy announced that a search will be conducted for the school’s next ice hockey coach and that replacing Guy Gaudreau will be a difficult task.
“Guy’s passion for the game and his blue collar approach were passed on to his players,” said Murphy. “His players took their lead from him as the coach. Guy coached during a great era in hockey at Gloucester Catholic and will be missed.”