Dr. Vern Stenlund (born April 11, 1956 in Thunder Bay, Ontario) is a retired former professional hockey player who has become known in retirement as a university professor, author and coach. He played briefly in the NHL for the Cleveland Barons during the 1976–77 NHL season. A former second round NHL draft pick of the California Golden Seals in 1976, Stenlund played professionally with the Barons, as well as both the Salt Lake City Golden Eagles and Phoenix Roadrunners of the Central Hockey League. Also a standout junior player, Stenlund enjoyed a tremendous junior career in the Ontario Hockey League with the London Knights where he led the team in scoring with 119 points in the 1975-76 season.
In addition to his work at the University of Windsor, Stenlund helped develop the "Chevrolet Safe and Fun Hockey Program" along with former hockey star Bobby Orr. Stenlund has also written numerous books about the game, including Coaching Hockey Successfully, High-Performance Skating for Hockey, Hockey Drills for Puck Control, Hockey Drills for Passing and Receiving and Hockey Drills for Scoring.
Stenlund also has worked extensively with Hockey Canada throughout his career, serving on a number of committees geared towards athlete development and education. In 2004-05, he served on three national Hockey Canada committees including the Athlete Development Committee, the Coach Mentorship Advisory Council and the Parent Education Advisory Group. In 2016, he was honoured with the Gordon Jukes Hockey Development Award, one of Hockey Canada's highest recognition for service to the game on a national level. Previously, in September 2015, he was inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in the Builder category.
Stenlund served as the ghost writer for hockey legend Bobby Orr's first ever official memoir (published in 2013) titled "Bobby Orr: My Story." The book was released through the Penguin Publishing Group across North America and quickly became a New York Times Best Seller, ironically reaching #4 on the best sellers list on March 16, 2014.
He retired in 2014 as a tenured associate professor at the University of Windsor in the Faculty of Education after a distinguished 29-year career..
- Vern Stenlund career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- NHL Entry Draft, Number 23, 1976 Player Profile
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