2015-16 will be Larry Courville’s seventh full season as the Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations for the Royals. Courville became the first coach in Royals’ history to lead the team to an ECHL Kelly Cup Championship during the 2012-13 season. His team that year set Royals’ records for most wins (46), fewest losses (19), most points in the standings (99), and highest win percentage (.688). Courville, who has led the Royals to the playoffs in all five of his full seasons as the team’s head coach, holds the team record for regular season games coached (398), regular games won (224), post-season games coached (56) and playoff victories (32).
Courville is the sixth coach in the thirteen year history of the team. He took the head coaching reigns of the Royals mid-way in the 2008-09 season. Since that time Courville’s teams have collectively compiled a record 224-140-34, which translates into a .606 win percentage. During that time span, the Royals have won two regular season division titles (2010-11 and 2012-13); and the 2012-13 season, in addition to many other honors achieved and records set, the Courville-led Royals captured the first regular season conference title in team history.
With respect to his playing career, Courville, a third round pick of the Vancouver Canucks in 1995, played in more than 600 pro hockey games, including 33 in the National Hockey League with the Canucks. During his playing career, Courville, who served as team captain during no fewer than six of his nine full-time playing seasons, racked up over three hundred points and a thousand penalty minutes. He was named as the team’s Most Valuable Player for the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League in 1996-97. Prior to turning pro, Courville, who originally hails from Timmins, Ontario, was twice a member of Team Canada Gold Medal championship teams in international play, including the 1995 World Junior U-20 Championship, during which he played an integral role on his home country’s team that went undefeated during the world’s premiere amateur tournament.
This will mark the second pro coaching experience for MacDonald (31), who hails from Victoria, British Columbia. In 2013-14, he served as an assistant coach at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.
As a pro player, MacDonald recorded 217 points (96g-121) and 358 penalty minutes in 406 games over seven-plus seasons. 272 of those games were played with four different teams in the AHL, where he registered 106 points (45g-61a) and 210 penalty minutes. MacDonald also played twenty-four post-season games in the AHL. In the ECHL, MacDonald had two stints with the Royals and one was during the 2012-13 Championship season. MacDonald racked up thirty-eight points (16g-22a) and 57 penalty minutes in forty-seven regular season games with the Royals in 2012-2013. MacDonald played all twenty-two playoff games for the Royals in that year’s playoff run, recording twelve points (4g-8a) and thirty penalty minutes. Two of MacDonald’s goals came while the Royals were playing short-handed, one of which proved to be the game winning goal in the decisive Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cincinnati Cyclones.
Prior to turning pro, MacDonald had a stellar four season and five year career at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. After leading R.P.I. in goals (16) and points (36)—and being selected the team’s MVP—in his junior season (2004-05), MacDonald was diagnosed with testicular cancer, which kept him out of action the following year. In 2006-07, MacDonald returned for his senior season, leading the team in goals (12) and tied for the team lead in points (27). For his efforts, MacDonald, who served as the team captain that season, was voted as R.P.I.’s Most Inspirational Player. That year, MacDonald received the Livingston W. Houston Citizenship Award at RPI honoring the ‘First Citizen of the College,” for character, leadership, scholarship and athletic ability and was also a finalist for the Hockey Humanitarian Award, which is awarded to college hockey’s finest citizen.