St. Stephen Aces Jr. A Hockey Club

Bowers joins Aces coaching staff

The St. Stephen Aces have added a significant piece to the coaching staff with the appointment of Justin Bowers as Assistant Coach.

Bowers joins the Aces after serving last season as Head Coach and Assistant General Manager with the Woodstock Slammers and Assistant Coach with the Fredericton Midget AAA Caps.

“We are looking to add great people to our organization and we have done so with Justin,” said Aces Head Coach and General Manager Josh Hepditch.

Bowers brings a wealth of experience to the Aces including a standout career as a junior, university and professional player. During his professional career, he totaled 379 points in 376 games.
He has earned awards everywhere he’s played, including MHL league MVP with the Slammers, AUS All-Rookie Team with the St. Thomas Tommies and ECHL League All Star with the Dayton Bombers and Greenville Road Warriors.

“Not only was Justin a great player but he was a great leader,” said Hepitch. “He was Captain of the Slammers in the MHL and San Francisco Bulls of the ECHL.”
Hepditch praised Bowers’ skill but said his value to the Aces is his leadership.

“Justin was a dynamic player his entire career but what was impressive to me was he was a leader everywhere he played,” he said.

Bowers is the second big addition to the off-ice team this off season. Phil Richer was named Associate Coach and Assistant GM last week.

“Adding Justin to the staff with Phil and I will help our players tremendously. All three of us are very familiar with one another are really excited to help push the Aces to new heights,” Hepditch said.

“Justin has great experience as a player and has Head Coach experience in this league. Any time you can add experienced coaches to your staff like Justin and Phil it helps the team tremendously.”

Bowers said he’s looking forward to getting to work with the Aces, a team he sees as moving in the right direction.

“I am really excited about this opportunity to work with such a great organization. Josh has had nothing but great things to say about the team and town so I am really excited to get started,” he said.

“Josh and I have been friends since we were kids and I have coached against Phil at the Midget level so I am really looking forward to working with and learning from them both. I am looking forward to contributing towards a championship and building on what the organization has already established.”

Hepditch knows first-hand that Bowers is a competitor and he’s excited to have him behind the St. Stephen bench.

“I have coached against Justin in this league and his teams were always prepared and competed hard,” he said.

The Woodstock Slammers retired Bowers’ number 9 jersey – one of only three numbers retired by the organization.

Bowers and his wife Leah are currently living in Fredericton with their son William and daughter Allie.