2015-2016 will be Forbes MacPherson seventh season as Head Coach of the University of Prince Edward Island Panthers Men’s hockey team.
The native of Stratford, Prince Edward Island is the ninth Head Coach at UPEI. Under his leadership, “Panther Pride” has been restored in the Province of PEI. The Panthers play to sold-out crowds at MacLauchlan Arena and teams have been regularly ranked in the CIS top 10. The 2012-2013 Panthers finished the season as the #9 ranked men’s university team in Canada. Forbes has worked to implement a commitment to excellence that includes the development of well-rounded, successful student athletes. In the past four seasons, members of the UPEI Panthers Men’s hockey team have been named to AUS and CIS all star teams and have been named winners of national athletic awards.
On average annually, nine members of the Panthers have been named CIS academic All-Canadians. More than a dozen of his players have moved on to play in professional leagues. Forbes had a successful hockey career at the university and professional levels for many years. As a player he competed in the AUS conference as a member of the University of New Brunswick from 1991 to 1993 and as a member of the University of Prince Edward Island Panthers from 1994 to 1996.
Following his graduation, Forbes played professional hockey in a number of leagues including CHL, ECHL, and AHL. He was CHL Rookie of the Year in 1997 and was a CHL All-Star. From 2000 to 2007, Forbes added the responsibilities of Assistant Coach to his playing duties as a member of the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs. Following his playing days, Forbes served as Assistant Coach and Assistant Director of Hockey Operations for the Texas Brahmas in the CHL. Forbes has also been selected as Team Canada Associate Coach at the 26th Winter World University Games.
Forbes holds a Bachelor of Physical Education and Recreation Degree from the University of New Brunswick as well as a Public Administration Diploma from the University of Prince Edward Island. He resides in Stratford with his wife Amy and their children Owen and Hayden