Thunder add Hall of Famer behind the bench

Andy Ogilvie joins Langley WLA squad as assistant coach

A Hall of Famer will run the defence for the Langley Thunder senior A men’s lacrosse team.

Andy Ogilvie has been named an assistant coach for the Thunder.

He played in 302 regular season Western Lacrosse Association games for New Westminster and Coquitlam between 1987 and 2004.

Ogilvie was inducted in the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2014.

His knowledge of the sport and experience will be a welcome addition,” said Thunder head coach Darcy Rhodes.

“Any time you can add a Hall of Famer, and such a well respected former player to your coaching staff, it benefits the whole franchise. He will bring intensity and passion to our defence and our players will feed off of that.”

“Andy was the ultimate warrior as a player. He excelled at both ends of the floor and was as tough as they come. He was a fantastic leader, and as a coach, his players had nothing but respect for him.  He brought his work habits and leadership to coaching and will be a great asset for the Thunder,” said Thunder Assistant General Manager Les Wingrove.

Wingrove coached and managed Ogilvie as a player and hired him to be Head Coach of the Coquitlam Senior “A” Adanacs in 2008, when Wingrove was General Manager. In two seasons with the Adanacs, Ogilvie compiled a record of 22-12-2.

“I am really excited to join the Thunder. I will expect the players to be 100 per cent committed to their teammates and to the Thunder organization. Once this is achieved, it’s just a matter of establishing a game plan that will give our team the best chance of success,” said Ogilvie.

The Peterborough native is considered one of the best defenders in WLA history posting regular season totals of 157 goals and 249 assists for 406 points, and added 763 penalty minutes. Ogilvie’s accolades include winning the Mann cup thee times, a league MVP trophy twice, and was a seven-time All-Star.

“I enjoyed playing in the WLA with both the Coquitlam Adanacs and the New Westminster Salmonbellies. I have a lot of great memories and gained many lifetime friends. I was also fortunate enough to have won Canadian Championships with each organization and hope to do the same with the Thunder,” continued Ogilvie.

Ogilvie also played in the National Lacrosse League (NLL) for the Buffalo Bandits, Vancouver Ravens, and the Calgary Roughnecks from 1999-2007. He appeared in a total of 82 career games and recorded 14 goals, 77 assists for 91 points and racked up 358 penalty minutes.

 

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