TRENTON - June 6, 2017 - by Brock Ormond
The Trenton Golden Hawks announced that they have parted ways with head coach/GM Jerome Dupont after six successful seasons. Dupont took over for the start of the 2011-12 season and led Trenton to five East division titles, one OJHL championship, two Dudley Hewitt Cup titles and consecutive appearances at the RBC Cup National Junior A Championship. The Golden Hawks organization says it was a "mutual decision" between Dupont and team ownership to part ways. They also say that the search for a new coach and GM is currently underway. Assistant GM Frank Robinson is currently in charge of team transactions. In addition to Dupont, assistant coaches Kevin Forrest and Kyle Smart have also departed. Forrest was with the club for the last three seasons and Smart had been behind the Trenton bench for the last two.
Originating from Ottawa, Dupont had previously coached for the Thornhill Rattlers and Aurora Tigers of the OJHL and the Gatineau Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He won an OJHL title and RBC Cup championship with Aurora, both in 2007. There is speculation that Dupont could join the staff of the University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s hockey team.