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Ian was born in St. John’s and is the oldest of the Norris brothers. He was a product of Avalon Minor Hockey Association. Ian started his minor hockey at the early age of six. Throughout his hockey playing days he was known as a great two -way player and team leader.
He won the Provincial Air Canada Cup Midget Hockey Championship in Labrador City with Avalon and went on to represent Newfoundland in the Atlantic Air Canada Cup, held in St. John’s. Despite being runner-up in the tournament, the pesky little forward won the tournaments Top Scorer and MVP honors.
It was in Ian’s last year of high school that his hockey career took a big blow. He was hit from behind in a high school game and blew out his ACL in his knee, which would require major knee surgery.
Most thought he would be done for the season, but with rehab along with his determination to get back on the ice, the Captain of the Avalon Junior Capitals returned for the playoffs leading his team to the Junior Finals.
Following his Junior Hockey Career, he attended Memorial University where he earned an Education Degree along with a Masters in Physical Education. This he was able to achieve, all while winning a Herder Memorial Trophy in the Newfoundland Senior League under player coach Bill Riley. He played along side Andy Sullivan, Russ Adam, Gus Greco and Hilton Ruggles just to name a few.
He co-founded Norris School of Power Hockey in 1995 and held camps in Newfoundland, Ontario and the United States over the last two decades. In the late nineties he was hired to be the Athletic Director and Head Hockey Coach of a private school in Ontario, Metro Prep Academy. Following the school year that summer, Ian took on a Director role with one of the most prominent hockey schools in North America today, Northern Edge.
Ian has over 25 years of coaching and teaching on his resume, not only in hockey, but in the classroom as well. He is currently a Physical Education Teacher in the greater St. John’s area. He has qualifications in numerous areas; being a certified personal trainer and power skating instructor has allowed him to train Ottawa Senators Captain Jason Spezza.
In the fall of 2012, Ian was hired as Technical Director of Bay Arena Minor Hockey Association. During that time he coached the Under 20 girls who later that season won the Provincial Championships.
He has taught at all age levels from Elementary to High School and during his time coached numerous sports claiming several Provincial Championships. His time and devotion given to his students and athletes is endless and shows how much he loves his profession, teaching.