Former Vernon Vipers forward Justin Bourne has left the American Hockey League Toronto Marlies returning to journalism.
Bourne spent six-seven years as a hockey writter for USA Today, the Hockey News, The Score as well as having-writing his own hockey blogs before joining the Marlies as video coach in 2015.
Bourne played four years at the University of Anchorage Alaska before playing three seasons (2007-2009) in the American Hockey League & East Coast Hockey League with five different teams (Alaska, Bridgeport, Utah, Reading & Idaho) before a serious jaw injury forced Bourne to retire in 2009. Bourne also attended the New York Islanders training camp in 2007. Justin's father is legendary New York Islanders forward Bob Bourne who played twelve seasons with the Islanders winning four straight Stanley Cups.
Bourne played two years in Vernon (2001-2003) collected (58-goals-73-assists-131-points) in 120 regular season games with the Vipers.
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Marlies Announce Front Office Changes
June 30, 2017
by Toronto Marlies
The Toronto Marlies announced today the hiring of Mike Dixon, Director of Hockey Operations and Alternate Governor in addition to Will Sibley as Hockey Operations, Analyst.
Mike Dixon joins the Maple Leafs organization with over 11 years of experience in the NHL. Having previously worked for the Florida Panthers, Mike has held a variety of positions with the Panthers and most recently served as the club’s Director of Hockey Operations. Mike holds an MBA in Sports Management from Florida Atlantic University.
Will Sibley arrives to the Marlies after previously serving as Video Coach and Statistical Analyst of the Kitchener Rangers (OHL). Prior to his work with Kitchener, Will completed his Master’s degree at the University of Windsor in Sport Management. Will has also worked in various coaching roles with local teams and has owned Control the Crease Goaltending for the past four years where he works with elite level netminders in the Waterloo region. Sibley takes over this role previously filled by Video Coach Justin Bourne who is departing the Marlies after two seasons and returning to journalism.
The Marlies would also like to wish former Director of Hockey Operations and Governor Brad Lynn and Media Relations Coordinator Colin McBride the greatest of luck in their new roles with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Lynn joins the Leafs as Director of Team Operations after spending seven years with the Marlies while McBride is being promoted to the Leafs’ media relations staff as Coordinator.