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Dennis Anderson signs on as Chiefs new General Manager

by Ben Clarke

The Lakefield Fitzsimmons Towing and Repair Chiefs have announced Dennis Anderson will take over the reins as the organization’s general manager.

Anderson will officially replace Murray Henderson at the end of this season. Henderson took the job last season on an interim basis when long-time general manager Terry Dunford gave up his duties for health reasons.

Previously a coach of the Norwood Vipers, Anderson has lived in Burleigh Falls for 12 years and is a car salesman in Bancroft. He’s a volunteer with the Kawartha Komets special needs hockey team and played and coached minor hockey in Toronto prior to moving to the area. He served as Vipers’ coach for one season.

Chiefs’ director of hockey operations Jim Carson and the coaching staff, with head coach Tim McCormick, are responsible for player selection.

“The general manager on this team is basically the liaison between this club and the OHA office,” said Henderson. “Signing players, looking after suspension and doing a lot of the paperwork. I work with the coaches and the director of hockey operations. Once I knew Dennis knew the same people I do in the OHA and had worked with them, I felt it was going to make the transition that much easier.”

Henderson said they wanted to pick the GM before the season ended so he could teach him the ropes. Anderson has been volunteering with the club for the past few weeks.

Chiefs’ president Don Dunford said the team’s board was impressed by Anderson’s personality. They liked his willingness to step in and coach the Vipers when they were stuck without a coach.

“We live in the community and we’ve followed the Chiefs for quite some time,” Anderson said of his new Club. “The junior C brand of hockey is very exciting. When I met with Don, Jim and Murray I was quite impressed by their professionalism and the fact there is a board of directors to oversee the club.”

Anderson says he’s excited to join a team that is strong on and off the ice, as the team clinched their ninth league title Friday.

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