The St. Thomas Stars Jr. B Hockey Club would like to acknowledge the recent passing of former head coach Richard “Skip” Cummins, and pass on our deepest condolences to his entire family.
Skip originally joined the “Pests” for the 1982-1983season as an assistant coach alongside head coach Ted Power. He then moved to the OHL and the London Knights, working under head coach Don Boyd. In 1985, Skip returned to St. Thomas as the head coach of the Stars, alongside assistant coach Dale “Smokey” Cummings.
To say Skip had an immediate impact on the teamwould be an understatement!
His positive attitude was simply infectious, and he possessed a very rare ability to connect with all of his players, inspiring and motivating them to play not only for him, but for each other. This combination translated directly to success on the ice!
In his first two seasons as head coach, the Stars finished 2nd and 4th in the regular season with a combined W-L record of 50-26-8. They captured the Western Jr. B League Championship in both ‘86 and ’87, and won The Sutherland Cup in ‘87 by defeating The Niagara Falls Canucks 4-0 in the final. That season ended on an 11– game winning streak!
Skip’s enthusiasm, his focus on the positive, his dedication to the team – and to his players – elevated each of us and ALL of us together to a level we might not have achieved otherwise. A great coach and motivator, thanks Skip, you were simply one of the best!