SAULT STE. MARIE — Assistant coach Rich Metro is moving on.
The Sault Ste. Marie native, who has been a Laker assistant coach for eight seasons, is taking the reins of the Shattuck-St. Mary’s Boys Under-18 Prep team.
Metro, 43, played four seasons at Northern Michigan from 1995 to 1999. A forward, he potted 24 goals and 35 assists in 148 games. With the Wildcats, he saw the program shift from the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) back to the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) in 1997. During his senior season, Metro’s squad finished runner-up in the CCHA Tournament and made the NCAA Men’s Tournament.
After parts of eight seasons in the minors (including four in France), Metro took a position as video coordinator Lake Superior under Jim Roque in 2007. The following season, he assumed the role of assistant coach.
In 2014, after coaching Villard-de-Lans in France (the same team for whom he played), Metro returned to Lake Superior, working under then-new bench boss Damon Whitten.
In a press release from Lake Superior, Whitten thanked Metro “for his dedication and commitment to Laker hockey over the years. We wish him and his family well in this new opportunity and look forward to working with him in his new role.”
Director of Athletics Dr. David Paitson, in the same release, commented that the program is “very happy for Rich as he embarks on this well-deserved opportunity to continue his coaching career. Rich has been a valuable asset to the Laker hockey program for number of years and will be missed by both the Lake State and Sault community. We wish him the best of luck in his new journey.”
Located in Faribault, Minnesota, Shattuck-St Mary’s (SSM) is considered to be one of the top prep schools in the nation for hockey. Among its former students are NHLers Sidney Crosby, Patrick Eaves, Jonathan Toews and Zach Parise.
Current and former Lakers who attended SSM include Collin Saccoman, Matt McArdle and Matt Bruneteau.