The Northern Ontario Hockey Association and the Great North Midget League have announced Matt Rabideau has been named Team NOHA’s Director of Operations for the 2017-2018 Season. Rabideau currently serves as Assistant General Manager and Director of Player Development for the North Bay Battalion, a role he has held since the 2012-2013 Season. Rabideau plans and coordinates Training/Orientation Camp, manages all functions with the team’s billet program, books all team trips, and manages all functions of the OHL Priority Selection, among other duties. Previously, Rabideau worked in the OHL Office, as the Manager of Hockey and Education. During this time, he was named the Director of Operations for Team Ontario, which gave him the opportunity to recruit and select a roster that competed at the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
NOHA President Claudette Myre says they’re extremely pleased to have a very knowledgeable hockey mind at the helm of Team NOHA for the upcoming season. Myre says Rabideau will ensure that Team NOHA continues to be a top development opportunity for the Minor Midget aged players in Northern Ontario. Rabideau will be tasked with selecting the players that will be competing for Team NOHA throughout the 2017-2018 Season. Rabideau says he’s excited and honoured to work with the NOHA and the players from Northern Ontario to help enhance their development experience as they work towards their ultimate goals.
The first step of the evaluation process will occur at the OHF/OHL Under-15 Camp on August 11th to 13th in Sudbury. The Under-15 Camp, which is a part of the NOHA Development Weekend will see eighty-four of the top OHL Draft Eligible players make their way to Sudbury with aspirations of making Team NOHA in fall 2018. Team NOHA will compete at various events in the 2017-2018 season, including the 2017 OMHA Eastern AAA Showcase December 1st to 3rd in Aurora, the 2018 OHL Cup in Mississauga, and the 2017 OHL Gold Cup in Kitchener.