Former OHL coach Larry Mavety dies at age 78

Kingston Frontenacs (Wikimedia Commons)

According to the Canadian Press, former Ontario Hockey league coach Larry Mavety of Woodstock, Ontario passed away on Friday at the age of 78. Mavety coached the Belleville Bulls from 1981 to 1988, and again from 1990 to 1997, along with the Kingston Raiders/Frontenacs from 1988 to 1990, 1997 to 2002, and from 2007 to 2008. In addition to coaching the Frontenacs, he was the team’s general manager from 1997 to 2011. Since 2012, he had been a senior consultant/advisor with the Frontenacs.

Mavety had a career record of 696 wins, 731 regulation losses, 103 ties, and 21 overtime losses. He made the playoffs in 18 of his 24 seasons coaching in the OHL.

While in the Ontario Hockey League, Mavety was frequently linked to Hockey Hall of Famer Doug Gilmour of Kingston, Ontario. Gilmour was hired by Mavety to be the Frontenacs head coach from 2008 to 2011. Mavety also coached Gilmour with the Belleville Bulls in the Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League in 1979-80.

As a player, Mavety never played in the National Hockey League, but did play six seasons in the World Hockey Association from 1972 to 1977. He played with the Los Angeles Sharks, Philadelphia Blazers, Chicago Cougars, Toronto Toros, Denver Spurs, Ottawa Civics, and Indianapolis Racers. In 248 WHA games, Mavety, was a defenseman, and had 37 goals and 113 assists for 150 points.



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