Lane tabbed Head Coach; Simonson promoted to Associate Head Coach

For Immediate Release: Friday, March 11 at 2:00pm

Holyoke, MA: The Bay State Bobcats Junior A Hockey Club, members of the North American 3 Hockey League, have announced Rob Lane as the fifth Head Coach of the Franchise for the 2022-2023 season.

Lane comes to the Club after completing his 30 year military career and pursing coaching as his next career. Throughout his coaching career, he has a proven track record for preparing players to play at the next level. His coaching experience spans all ages of youth hockey through college, both men’s and women’s.

“I want to thank ownership for this tremendous opportunity,” Lane was quoted saying. “From the time the Franchise was created in New York to now, we have seen an incredible amount of advancement of players to free-to-play Junior Hockey as well as a plethora to NCAA College Hockey. I look forward to bringing my winning ways to the Bobcats for a season to remember. I couldn’t be more thrilled to work besides Trevor, as well. The two of us are going to be working as hard as we can to bring a Championship to Western Massachusetts next season.”

In addition to Lane taking over as Head Coach, Trevor Simonson has been promoted as Associate Head Coach/Director of Scouting. Simonson will enter his 5th season with the Franchise. In the 4 prior seasons, he served as Assistant Coach for three of them and Head Coach for one of them. During those 4 seasons, the Club has qualified for playoffs for three of them, in addition to winning a Regular Season Divisional Championship, Playoff Divisional Championship, and competing in the Fraser Cup National Championships.

“I couldn’t be more excited to work with Rob for this upcoming season,” Simonson said. “His knowledge of the game is second to none; His military background is incredibly successful, in addition to his coaching success at all levels. With the returners we have coming back, in addition to Rob and I working hard day in and day out, a Championship will be on the rise.”