The Moncton Wildcats are pleased to announce that Josh Hepditch has been named as Assistant Coach. The former Wildcat defenceman who patrolled the blueline from 2002-2006 will now take his place behind the bench alongside Darren Rumble starting this season.
During his four seasons with the team Josh played in 245 games, recording 64 points and 306 penalty minutes. Following his junior career with the Wildcats, Josh went onto UNB where he played with the Varsity Red’s for five seasons. During his time in Fredericton he completed two degrees; Recreation of Sport Management, as well as his Education Degree. Along with his educational accomplishments, Josh also had great success on the ice, appearing in four National Championships, and winning three of those. To this day he still holds the record for most national games played as a Varsity Red.
After graduation from UNB Josh went onto the ECHL to continue playing, where he had stints with both the Missouri Mavericks and the Allen Americans.
Following his two years in the ECHL Josh shifted his focus to coaching and ended up landing a job in British Columbia with the Creston Valley Thunder Cats for two years. He then continued to build his coaching resume after returning home to the Maritimes with the Amherst Ramblers, and most recently with the St. Stephen County Aces.
Josh will be making the move from Fredericton back to Moncton with his wife of five years, and soon to be two-year-old son Theodore, where his hockey career all started.
“ I am really excited about this opportunity, I have been coaching for five years and am so happy to be able to be part of the Wildcats organization once again” said Josh. “I think I have a little extra passion just because this is the team that gave me the opportunities in hockey, and now for it to come full circle and to join the team during such an exciting time is something that is very special. It will be nice to be back in the Coliseum and see some familiar faces, and I am really looking forward to working with Darren Rumble and all of the new experiences that will come with coaching major junior hockey.”
Director of Hockey Operations, Roger Shannon had this to say about the new edition to the team. “We are very excited to have an individual like Josh who put in many years as a Moncton Wildcats player. Since he has left, he has been very successful in everything he has done, so we couldn’t be happier having an alumni like Josh back to help us with the coaching side of things, and look forward to working with him.”