Otters Name Chris Hartsburg Head Coach, Extend Adams and Wolfe

Erie, Pennsylvania – Erie Otters General Manager Dave Brown announced today that the Otters have hired Chris Hartsburg as the team’s eighth head coach in its Erie history, while promoting B.J. Adams to Associate Coach and extending him and Assistant Coach Wes Wolfe through 2020.

“We’re happy to have Chris back with the Otters family,” said General Manager Dave Brown. “His head coaching experience and familiarity with our style were two things we kept coming back to. It’s important that we have continuity in the way that we develop players and perform on the ice, and Chris and our coaching staff will continue to grow our foundation of success this organization prides itself on.”

Hartsburg returns to Erie after serving as the head coach of the USHL’s Lincoln Stars since the 2014-15 season. The 37-year-old guided the Stars to an 83-83-14 record during his three-year tenure in Lincoln, including a 28-point turnaround and a playoff berth during his second season in 2015-16. The Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario native served as head coach of Team West at the 2016 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game and also helped guide the United States Junior Select Team to a gold medal as an assistant coach at the 2016 World Junior A Challenge.

“We’re pleased to add someone with the strong character and passion for coaching as Chris possesses,” Erie Otters C.O.O. and E.V.P. Roy Mlakar said. “We look forward to our three coaches continuing our winning tradition.”

Prior to joining Lincoln, Hartsburg served as an assistant coach for the Erie Otters under Kris Knoblauch in 2013-14. During his only season in Erie, the Otters improved their win total by 33 for the franchise’s best single season in team history with a record of 52-14-2-0 with 106 points, and a Western Conference Final appearance. At the helm of the defense, the Otters limited teams to an OHL and franchise best 170 goals that year, while the penalty kill finished at 84.1% under Hartsburg, good for second best in the OHL.

He also spent four seasons as an assistant coach with the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League from 2009-2013, and a season as an assistant coach with the Colorado Eagles of the Central Hockey League for the 2008-2009 campaign. Hartsburg’s playing career spanned six years in the professional ranks with the Albany River Rats and Colorado Eagles following his four seasons at Colorado College, where he was selected by the New Jersey Devils in the 7th round of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.

Brown also announced the promotion of B.J. Adams to the role of Associate Coach, while also extending him and Assistant Coach Wes Wolfe through the 2019-2020 season.

“We value the contributions B.J. has made these past two years and want to ensure our organization is in the best situation to succeed,” Dave Brown said. “B.J. and Wes will continue to be a vital part of our staff, and help maintain the tradition they’ve become a part of for years to come.”

As the defensive assistant, Adams has helped the Otters to two straight Hamilton Spectator Trophies as regular season champions, as well as the J. Ross Robertson Cup as OHL League Champions this past season. The Otters have finished second in the OHL in team defense in each of the last two seasons under Adams, while his penalty kill finished in the top five during that same two-year stretch. The Scarborough, Ontario native joined the Otters in 2015 following a five-year stint with Canisius College in a similar Assistant Coach role.

Wolfe joined the Otters for the 2016-17 season as an Assistant Coach following his season with the St. Catharines Falcons of the GOJHL where he served as Head Coach and Assistant General Manager. The Niagara Falls, Ontario native has helped improve the Otters outlook into statistical information with his background in analytical data systems that has further advanced the team’s player development model.

2017-18 Erie Otters season tickets and flex packages are currently on sale and can be purchased at the Erie Otters front office, located at 201 East 8th Street. For more information, visit our season tickets page, or contact Darcie Chabola at 814-455-7779 or via email


Erie Events’ Bayfront Hotels Lead Customer Satisfaction in North America

The Courtyard Erie Bayfront Hotel marked its first year of operation Friday, June 23, culminating a successful year as part of the Bayfront Complex that consists of the Bayfront Convention Center, Courtyard Erie Bayfront Hotel and the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel. The hotel received accolades from within the company and amongst other local hotels that validate the positive first 365 days at 2 Sassafras Pier.

  • Reached #1 on TripAdvisor within first 10 months post-opening
  • Ranked #1 full-service Hotel and Restaurant (Shoreline Bar and Grille)
  • Ranked #1 for full-service Guest Satisfaction scores
  • Top 2% of brand year-to-date Staff Service Overall
  • Top 2% of brand year-to-date Intent to Recommend
  • Top 6% of brand year-to-date Overall Guest Satisfaction

The Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel, which opened in 2008, continues to be a leader in the industry as well, receiving their own brand recognition.

  • Top 1% of the entire Sheraton Brand for Hotel Style and Design
  • Top 1% of the entire Sheraton Brand for Food and Beverage
  • Top 2% of the entire Sheraton Brand for Guest Satisfaction Scores: Overall Satisfied
  • #2 in Erie on TripAdvisor site (behind the Courtyard Bayfront)
  • #2 in White Lodging best guest satisfaction scores (behind the Courtyard Bayfront – Courtyard and Sheraton are #1 and #2 in the entire organization)

Entering the summer season with such high company and customer recognition, the two properties look forward to showcasing themselves along with Erie’s best asset, Presque Isle Bay. Additional features at each waterfront location will provide and even more appealing setting for residents and/or visitors. The Sheraton’s Bayfront Grille launched a new summer menu and the 120 seat patio is now open for the season. The restaurant will feature live weekend entertainment on the outdoor patio. The Courtyard’s Shoreline Bar and Grill has expanded its outdoor seating and added a bayside bar with live entertainment.

Both hotels pride themselves in hiring local talent – striving for “brain gain” instead of “brain drain” in the community. Currently, the Sheraton has 125 associates and 16 managers – 99% are hired locally, including six managers who graduated from local Erie universities. The Courtyard has 100 associates and 12 managers, also with 99% of them hired locally. Five of the 12 managers at the Courtyard graduated from a local college or university.

Get the Led Out – The American Led Zeppelin

Get the Led Out | The American Led Zeppelin

January 18, 2018 | 7:30pm | Warner Theatre

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From the bombastic and epic, to the folky and mystical, Get the Led out (GTLO) have captured the essence of the recorded music of Led Zeppelin and brought it to the concert stage. The Philadelphia-based group consists of six veteran musicians intent on delivering Led Zeppelin live, like you’ve never heard before. utilizing the multi-instrumentalists at their disposal, GTLO re-create the songs in all their depth and glory with the studio overdubs that Zeppelin themselves never performed. When you hear three guitars on the album, GTLO delivers three guitarists on stage. No wigs or fake English accents, GTLO brings what the audience wants – a high energy Zeppelin concert with an honest, heart-thumping intensity.

Get the Led Out’s approach to their performance of this hallowed catalog is not unlike a classical performance. “Led Zeppelin are sort of the classical composers of the rock era,” says lead vocalist Paul Sinclair. “I believe 100 years from now they will be looked at as the Bach or Beethoven of our time. As cliché as it sounds, their music is timeless.”

GTLO has amassed a strong national touring history, having performed at major club and PAC venues across the country, such venerable club venues include Penn’s Peak, Electric Factory, Best But Theater, HOB Boston, Fillmore Charlotte and Ram’s Head Live, Baltimore. PACs including the Sovereign Performing Arts center, Count Basie Theater, Filene Center at Wolf Trap, Kravis Center, Durham Performing Arts Center, Lynn Memorial Theater, the Palace in Greensburg and many more. The band makes their third consecutive appearance at Red Rocks in Denver in the fall of 2016!

Dubbed by the media as “The American Led Zeppelin,” Get the Led Out offers a strong focus on the early years. They also touch on the deeper cuts that were seldom, if ever heard in concert. GTLO also include a special “acoustic set” with Zep favorites such as “Tangerine” and the “Battle of Evermore” being performed in its’ original instrumentation with guest singer Diana DeSantis joining the band. Whether it’s the passion and fury wit which they deliver the blues-soaked, groove-driven rock anthems, it’s their attention to detail and nuance that makes a Get the Led Out performance a truly awe-inspiring event.