The Sherwood Park Crusaders are proud to announce the hiring of Brennan Menard as the team’s new head coach.
“I would like to start by thanking the (owners) Kevin Love and Ryan Maxwell, as well as Adam Sergerie (GM) for their belief and support to entrust me the privilege of being the next Head Coach of the Sherwood Park Crusaders,” Menard commented. “It is a great honour to continue my journey here with the players and staff to continue building the Cru brand.”
“I am looking forward to immersing myself and my family into the community, and I am excited to get started with everyone.”
“[We’re] really excited to announce Brennan Menard as the next Head Coach of the Sherwood Park Crusaders,” stated general manager Adam Sergerie. “Brennan is exactly the type of coach that we were looking for, and we were lucky that the timing of this worked out for everyone. Brennan is a tireless worker and is well-researched on how to blend player development into team style of play. He has spent time around some of the best development coaches in the world, and his experience in the OHL forced him to be at his best every day.
“Brennan will be a great asset to the organization and will be someone the players enjoy working with every day. I have no doubt that he and the coaching staff will build off of things from last season and help take the team to a new level this year. We want to welcome Brennan, his wife Alex, and two sons Oskar and Jett to the organization!”
Menard joins the organization replacing Evan McFeeters, who departed earlier in the off-season for a new opportunity in the WHL.
Menard has spent the past two seasons as an associate coach for the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL. In his time with the Rangers, the team compiled a record of 63-60-11-2. Prior to his tenure with Kitchener, Menard was an associate coach for the Lakehead University Thunderwolves Men’s Hockey Team for two seasons, as well as spending a season as an assistant coach with the Spruce Grove Saints. In 2022, Menard was invited to the Toronto Maple Leafs development camp as a guest coach.
Prior to his coaching career, Menard was a part of both the AJHL and SJHL, including a one-season stint with the Crusaders in 2007/2008. Menard additionally spent time with the St. Albert Steel (AJHL) and the Fort William North Stars (SJHL) before a five-year career at Lakehead University of the CIS.
The Crusaders would like to welcome Brennan and the entire Menard family to the organization.