The Nashville Jr. Predators of the NA3HL have announced that General Manager JP Dumont has assumed the role of head coach for the 2016-17 season.
Dumont takes over behind the bench after it was announced that Karlis Zirnis, who had coached the Jr. Predators the past two seasons, had accepted the head coaching position with the Shreveport Mudbugs in the NAHL.
Dumont has been involved with the Jr. Predators since their first season in the NA3HL, which came back during the 2014-15 campaign. For the past two seasons, Dumont has been involved on the ownership and management side of things, while also serving as Assistant Coach.
Jr. Predators President Tim McAllister and former NHL goalie Chris Mason will assist Dumont during the season.
Dumont retired from hockey in 2012. It was 2006 when Dumont came to the Nashville Predators organization in the NHL. Over those years, youth hockey has completely boomed in Nashville and he’s been here to witness it and be a part of it, which includes at the junior level with the NA3HL’s Jr. Predators.
Dumont played for Nashville from 2006-10, a period in which he amassed 267 points (93 goals, 174 assists). Overall, the native of Montreal, Quebec, played in 822 career NHL games and amassed 523 points in 12 NHL seasons.