Johnny McInnis Joins the Boston Pride Coaching Staff as an Assistant Coach
BOSTON, MA - McInnis comes to the Pride after serving as Head Coach and General Manager for the newly-rebranded Canton Cubs last year. In his role with the Pride, McInnis will be focusing on individual skill development with every offensive and defensive player. The addition of McInnis will be integral to maintaining the speed, skill, and depth that this team prides itself on.
“Johnny’s wealth of hockey knowledge along with his professional playing experience brings great value to our organization,” said Paul Mara, Head Coach of the Boston Pride. “I am thrilled to add his strong on-ice presence to both motivate and challenge our players, and he will play a pivotal role in preparing them to become Isobel Cup Champions.”
The South Shore native began his professional career in 2014, signing with the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League in 2014 after a record-setting career at Minnesota State University Mankato. McInnis tallied 42 goals and 26 assists for 79 points as a Maverick, scoring the second-most game-winning-goals by a player in Minnesota State history (14) and serving as a captain his senior season.
The next five seasons of McInnis’ professional career would lead him across the country with teams such as the Orlando Solar Bears and the Allen Americans. His final season brought him home to New England, where he finished his playing career last year with 24 games as a Maine Mariner.
“It is a true honor to join the Boston Pride as an Assistant Coach,” said McInnis. “In my short time with the players and staff, it is evident the organization has been built around exceptional individuals, and I am thankful to Paul, Karilyn, and the entire organization for this outstanding opportunity. I am eager to work with Paul to continue the development of our team and players, and look forward to all this season will bring.”
In addition to his role with the Pride, McInnis will continue to serve as a NAHL scout, player development and skills coach with Militia HD, and owner and operator of Shots Hockey Academy in Quincy, Mass.
“It is an absolute pleasure to welcome Johnny to our organization,” said Karilyn Pilch, General Manager of the Boston Pride. “We have built our team around character first and talent second, and Johnny is no exception. I am confident he will uphold the core values of our organization while demanding the most out of our players. The coaching tandem of Paul and Johnny leave me thankful beyond measure to have them lead The Pack into season six of the NWHL.”
McInnis has recently joined the rest of the team and coaching staff on the ice as they prepare for the upcoming ‘20-’21 season, set to start in January 2021.