Strait Pirates extend agreement with head coach

PORT HAWKESBURY: Two years into what was originally a three-year agreement, the Strait Pirates and head coach Taylor Lambke have agreed to an extension.

Pirate General Manager Tim MacMillan says Lambke signed a new six year agreement, taking him through the 2025-26 season. The 29-year-old Lambke presided over a record setting regular season for the Pirates last year which saw them sport a record of 29-2-1. The Pirates advanced all the way to the league finals before losing a hard-fought six game series with the Sackville Blazers.

Lambke says it was an easy decision to commit to the organization long term.

“Our goal when we came here was to turn the Pirates organization into one of the best Junior B programs in the entire country,” he said. “Last year we took some major steps forward in accomplishing that, but there is still plenty of work to be done. We came so close to bringing a championship home last year.

“We are extremely excited about the group we have back this year. Our goal is to bring a championship back to the Strait area to our loyal fans and tremendous sponsors.”

MacMillan says the Pirates are very pleased to have this agreement in place.

“Taylor has proven himself to be a perfect fit for the Strait Pirates and both parties wanted this extension to affirm our commitment to putting a competitive product on the ice each season,” the GM said. “We had tremendous fan and sponsor support this year and we look forward to even bigger and better things for the 2019-20 season.”

The Pirates are also pleased to announce that goaltender Cody Smith has committed to the team for another season. Smith was named top goaltender in the NSJHL for the 2018-19 season.

“We are extremely pleased to have Cody return to the club. He is committed, he’s a leader here and ultra competitive” said MacMillan.