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Former defenceman working as a part-time volunteer with Snowden’s staff
It turns out all four Newfoundlanders who played with the ECHL Growlers during their championship inaugural season are back with the team.
It’s just that one of them won’t be suiting up on game nights during the 2019-20 campaign,
Bonavista native Adam Pardy, the former NHLer who helped anchor the Newfoundland defence last season, has started working with the Growlers coaching staff, albeit without pay.
“Essentially, he wants to be part of it and volunteer his time,” said Newfoundland head coach John Snowden.
“He’s a good guy to have around for the players. He was a big part of the team last year.”
The 35-year-old Pardy, who appeared in 342 big-league games from 2008 to 2017, missed almost half of last season because of a concussion suffered in training camp. However, he still posted six goals and 15 assists in 41 games for 21 points, most among all rearguards on the team.
He also dressed for 22 of the Growlers 23 playoff games and retired immediately after Newfoundland claimed the Kelly Cup.
Snowden said Pardy does not have a title and hasn’t been given specific duties such as working with the defence.
“He’s going to volunteer his time when he can,” said Snowden. “It’s as simple as that. It’s totally at his convenience. There are no strict guidelines. It’s just a good opportunity for us to have an experienced, familiar guy around helping out, and an opportunity for him to learn, too,
“He’s just going to help when he can.”
Forwards Zach O’Brien and Marcus Power of St. John’s and defenceman and captain James Melindy of Goulds are the returning Newfoundland players on the Growlers.
Snowden’s existing assistant coaches are all Newfoundland residents — Darryl Williams, who works the bench, video coach Paul Dagg and goaltending coach Marek Benda.
Even though Pardy is working as a volunteer coach, the parent Toronto Maple Leafs still view him as a member of the coaching staff and as such, he wasn’t made available for an interview about his new work.
The Maple Leafs guidelines says Snowden is the lone Newfoundland coach who could be interviewed.