St. Stephen Aces Jr. A Hockey Club

Richer named Aces Head Coach – General Manager

Phil Richer has been named Head Coach and General Manager of the St. Stephen Aces – the fourth coach in the team’s history.

“For a young coach, Phil brings a ton of experience and lots of enthusiasm to our organization,” said Aces President John Hyslop.

Earlier this summer, Richer was named Associate Coach and Assistant General Manager. The top jobs opened up when Josh Hepditch joined the Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL.

“Josh did a great job continuing to build our foundation and now Phil and his staff will help push us to the next level. He’s going to be a great fit,” said Hyslop. The Aces made the playoffs last season for the first time ever and were swept in the first round by the Miramichi Timberwolves.

The 26-year-old from Lachute, Quebec, had a great playing career with the Saint John Sea Dogs, Baie-Comeau Drakkar, Miramichi Timberwolves – where he was the captain – and finished with the Concordia University Stingers.

After his playing career, he joined the Miramichi Timberwolves as an assistant coach before taking over as Head Coach of the Miramichi Midget AAA Rivermen where he has coached for the last three years. Richer has also been part of Hockey NB High Performance teams, is an Assistant Coach for the 2019 Team NB Canada Winter Games and last summer was an assistant coach at the Team Canada Under 17 Development Camp.

“We’d like to welcome Phil and his wife, Angelina, to the Aces and to the St. Stephen community,” Hyslop said.

Richer will be in St. Stephen this summer for the Aces Hockey School and Training Camp in late August.

Joining Richer behind the bench as Assistant Coach and Assistant GM is Justin Bowers.

Bowers joins the Aces after serving as Head Coach and Assistant General Manager with the Woodstock Slammers three seasons ago and Assistant Coach with the Fredericton Midget AAA Caps two seasons ago.

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.