Toronto Patriots have a new bench boss; Peter Drikos has been named head coach of the Ontario Junior Hockey League club where his Junior coaching career began. Drikos replaces Mark Joslin who was let go following the OJHL playoffs where the Patriots were swept in the opening round by the St. Michael’s Buzzers.
A native of Mississauga, the 34-year old Drikos grew up playing in Ontario including four seasons in the Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League (now OJHL). After a year at Ryerson University the defenceman turned professional. Drikos played three seasons in the now defunct All American Hockey League, Federal Hockey League and Southern Professional Hockey League.
Entering the coaching ranks Drikos first joined the Patriots for the 2015-16 season as an assistant. He then moved to Orangeville Flyers the following season also as an assistant coach.
In 2017 Drikos took the head coaching position of the Brampton Bombers (GOJHL) where he guided the team for two seasons. He rejoined the OJHL ranks last season as an assistant with the Milton Menace.
Earlier today we announced the additions of Dan Del Monte, Justin Peca, Jeff Angelidis and Peter Drikos to our hockey operations and coaching staff.
— Milton Menace (@MenaceOJHL) April 2, 2019
Joining Drikos on the Patriots bench will be former Ontario Hockey League player Dylan Smoskowitz who was named assistant coach.