Renegades Appoint Thirteen Year Pro-Veteran as Head CoachJuly 18th, 2018 at 10:04AM July 18th, 2018 3:06PM
North York, Ontario- The North York Renegades have appointed the Thirteen Year Pro-Veteran Darryl Lloyd as their new Head Coach!
Lloyd has had a storied career; in 2000 he was drafted by the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL in the 5th Round #90 Overall. In his three years with the Spitfires, he put up 44 Goals 39 Assists for 83 Points in 200 Games Played, however he was best known for his mean streak on the ice, amassing 287 PIMS, and had a reputation as one of the toughest players on the ice. Although Lloyd went undrafted at the NHL level, he still made the jump to the professional level, signing in the ECHL, where he would spend 7 straight years of his career, including a call up to the AHL in 2005-2006 where he saw 5 Games Played and 1 Assist. Overall Lloyd posted 102 Goals 157 Assists for 259 Points in 453 Games Played, and amassed 1,051 PIMS in his seven straight years in the ECHL, proving that he could produce at the professional level, and providing an intimidating part of his game as well. With this experience under his belt, Lloyd turned to Europe where he signed in the EIHL, the top league in England, where he spent five years with the Belfast Giants. In his time with the Giants, Lloyd scored 64 Goals 72 Assists for 136 Points in 234 Games Played, and amassing 399 PIM. Lloyd enjoyed success in his time with the Belfast Giants, winning the EIHL Erhardt Conference Championship twice (2012-2013/2013-2014), and winning the EIHL Championship twice as well (2011-2012/2013-2014). After having tremendous success in his five year tenure with the Belfast Giants, Lloyd decided to return to North America, signing in the ECHL, where he split the season between the Wheeling Nailers and the Wichita Thunder, posting 5 Goals 7 Assists for 12 Points in 28 Games Played in his final year of professional hockey.
After thirteen years of professional hockey, Lloyd decided it was time to hang up the skates, but he didn’t stay away from hockey for long. Lloyd became the Assistant Coach of the North York Renegades for the 2017-2018 Season, where the team finished with a 32-9-1 Record for third place in the GMHL South Division. After the 2017-2018 Season, the current Head Coach Ryan Ramsay moved on from the Renegades program, and Lloyd was promoted to the Head Coaching position for the 2018-2019 Season. When asked about his Head Coach appointment, Lloyd said, “I am happy to have the opportunity to be a Head Coach this year. I’ve learned a lot in the past 15 years on the ice and off the ice, especially from coaches at the professional level that have shown me the fundamentals of the game of hockey. As a coach, I will bring fast-paced, hard to play against hockey to the Renegades. I like my players to know every aspect of the game so it comes naturally to them. I work very hard in practice to get everybody on the same page and I expect to see the same during games. As a player, I grew up playing against the top lines to shut them down and I worked very hard for my teammates and coaches over the years. This season I will focus on bettering myself as a Head Coach and focusing on developing my players into winners, as well as for the next level.”
Between the OHL, ECHL, AHL, and EIHL, Lloyd has played among the highest levels of hockey in the world, and brings tremendous experience behind the Renegades bench. The GMHL is proud to see one of it’s Head Coaches with this amount of experience behind the bench, and we wish Lloyd and the Renegades the best of luck this season!