Former Voodoos coach becomes an OHL head coach in Owen Sound

The first head coach in Powassan Voodoos’ history has left the OHL’s North Bay Battalion to become the new head coach of the Owen Sound Attack.

On June 4th, the Owen Sound Attack announced that Scott Wray, who had been an assistant coach for the past six seasons with the North Bay Battalion, was announced the 17th head coach in franchise history.

Before joining the Battalion, Wray had been at the helm of the NOJHL’s Powassan Voodoos for three seasons.

The Battalion had a close eye on Wray’s progress behind the bench, as the Voodoos are North Bay’s affiliate team in the NOJHL.

Wray had a combined 101-46-13 in three regular seasons from 2014-15 to 2016-17.

Wray led the team on an unprecedented run of 12-0 in the 2017 playoffs to help the Voodoos capture the NOJHL title in just their third year of existence. That championship remains the only in team history for Powassan, although the team did make it back to the finals this past season, ultimately falling to Sudbury.

“Wray did a tremendous job as a head coach holding the players accountable,” Voodoos GM Chris Dawson said. “He led our expansion team to the NOJHL final four in 2014/15, so I am happy to see him get the opportunity at the major junior level as a head coach with the Attack.

“His passion and drive for the game will help him big time. We are super proud of our first Voodoos’ head coach making that jump and really, the sky is the limit for him.”

Ryan Oulahen, Battalion head coach, is sad to see his assistant coach leave.

However, he is equally thrilled to see Wray move up to head coach.

“We are absolutely thrilled for Scott Wray and his family. We talk about the working relationship, I have probably spent more time with him than my own wife the last three years, to be honest. People don’t realize that is the relationship you build with your coaches, and I am absolutely thrilled for him.

“I pushed him along in this, I helped him in every way I could, this is a good moment for him and his family, he’s deserving of this opportunity.”