Bloomfield Hills – Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood has named hockey veteran John LaFontaine as assistant boys varsity hockey coach and arena manager for Wallace Ice Arena. He joins the program, run by Andy Weidenbach, with 26 years of experience in hockey coaching and prep athletics.
“John brings a great amount of experience to the table in both facilities management and in coaching. John has developed a significant number of players for college hockey as well as the NHL. He is well respected in the hockey community and I look forward to working with him next season,” says Weidenbach.
LaFontaine joins Cranbrook from his position as head coach for the USHL Muskegon Lumberjacks. There, he coached the team to franchise records for most wins in a season and most consecutive wins, as well as second place in the West Division.
During his seven-year tenure at Shattuck St. Mary’s School, he served in several roles including athletic director, head hockey coach, and sports complex manager. He has also coached at Compuware (Midget AAA), Windsor Bulldogs (Western Junior B League), Wichita Falls Wildcats and Bozeman Ice Dogs (NAHL) and Lake Superior State University (CCHA).
Cranbrook’s hockey program has won a record 17 Michigan High School Athletic Association championships and is one of the most successful prep hockey programs in the state.
Cranbrook Schools, located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, is a comprehensive, college-preparatory learning environment, comprised of Brookside (Pre-K through grade 5), Cranbrook Kingswood Girls Middle School and Boys Middle School (grades 6 through 8) and Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School (grades 9 through 12 with day and boarding programs). The schools are a division of Cranbrook Educational Community, which includes also Cranbrook’s Academy of Art, Art Museum, Institute of Science, and other affiliated cultural and educational programs.