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Former Winter Hawks head coach named new bench boss in Brantford

Daniel Fitzgerald was the head coach of Cambridge's junior B team for two seasons, winning Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League Coach of the Year in 2017
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Dan Fitzgerald was named the head coach and general manager of the Brantford Bandits last week.

The connection between Cambridge and Brantford junior B hockey continues to grow this off-season.

Former Cambridge Winter Hawks head coach Daniel Fitzgerald has been named the new general manager and head coach of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League's Brantford Titans.

Fitzgerald coached the Winter Hawks to a 39-54-1 record over two seasons in 2015-16 and 2016-17.

Following his second season, Fitzgerald was named the GOJHL's Midwestern Conference Coach of the Year.

Since his stint in Cambridge, the Ancaster native has spent time behind the bench as the head coach of the GOJHL's St. Catharines Falcons, the Ontario Junior Hockey League's Brantford 99ers and the Ontario Hockey League's Niagara Ice Dogs.

He was most recently an assistant coach with the Guelph Storm during the 2023-24 season.

It's the latest in a series of developments that tie the Highway 24 cities together since the season ended.

The former ownership group of the Brantford Bandits, led by Eric Boissonneault and Rob McIntosh, purchased the Cambridge RedHawks from Scott and Kelly Hunter last month.

In a corresponding move, they sold the Bandits to Jon Clark and Mike Christian, owners of the Paris Titans of the Provincial Junior Hockey League, who rebranded the team to the Brantford Titans.