Release | Matthew Couvrette named Interim Commissioner for 2020-21 season

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Ottawa, Ontario – Arnprior Packers General Manager Matthew Couvrette has been named EOJHL Interim Commissioner for the remainder of the 2020-21 season. This comes after Sean Marcellus stepped down as EOJHL Commissioner.

Couvrette, 27, is currently in his second season of GM of the Arnprior Packers. He got Arnprior into the playoffs last season and was able to beat the Valley Timberwolves (Renfrew Timberwolves) in a wild card series. This is his third season with the Packers.

Before he became the GM of Arnprior and Interim Commissioner, Matt Couvrette was a goaltender for three seasons in the EOJHL between 2011-2013 and in 2014-15 seasons. He won the Goaltender of the Year award in the 2012-13 season while playing with the Ottawa Jr. Canadians (19-5, 2.43 GAA, .915 SV%)

Couvrette won the EOJHL Championship with the Canadians that same year where he won goaltender of the year. His playoff stats was phenomenal as he posted a 16-2 record, to along with a 2.48 GAA and .905 SV%. He also played with Arnprior in 2011-12 season and then with the Stittsville Rams in 2014-15 where he made his second finals appearance, but loss to the Casselman Vikings in six games.

Couvrette was feeling thrilled about his opportunity to become Interim Commissioner. “It’s a very exciting and difficult time, we have a great group of governors that are always able to lend their expertise to situations.”

It’s been a very difficult season for the EOJHL as they are currently in developmental scrimmage season. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, teams have been playing one team that is near from home. With that being said, Couvrette talks about on what he can bring to the table as Commissioner.

“A trait that will help is the ability to be thoughtful as well as decisive. Being able to look objectively at situations and make the best decision for the group as a whole will go a long way to guiding us through our current situation.

Courvrette’s main goal for the season is to come out of this year as many positives as possible, in regards to team and player highlights, while focusing on setting the EOJHL up to prosper for years to come.