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History Is Made as Female Will Coach Male Pro Team For First Time

February 28, 2013 - Federal Hockey League (FHL) Watertown Privateers

The 1000 Islands Privateers have released that Head Coach Paul Kelly will dress with his team for the remaining league games and playoffs. Owner Nicole Kirnan will assume the role of Coach for the duration of the season. Kelly brings his experience back to the ice just in time to satisfy the FHL's five league game requirement to play in the playoff games. He skated with his team over the weekend while traveling to Danbury, Dayton and Danville.

Kelly played for the Privateers in the 2011-2012 season as well as stepped into the Head Coach position mid-season. He brings his experience back to the ice with the Privateers gained in playing in the ECHL, CHL and Europe. Kelly joins his team with over 100 goals scored at "AA" Level Hockey in 400 Professional Games in just 7 years at a professional level .

Kirnan, Owner/President of the 1000 Islands Privateers, presence on the bench will be unprecedented as there has never been a Female Coach at any level of Professional Men's Hockey. Kirnan played four years Div. I for St. Lawrence University. She competed at several USA Hockey Olympic festivals and played on the USA Junior National team in 1996. Nicole served as the head collegiate hockey coach at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York from 2002-2006 where she led the team to NCAA tournament appearances in each season. Kirnan coached at the USA National Development Camps and Olympic festivals on multiple occasions. Kirnan joins her team on the road this in Watertown, NY for their final two home games on March 1st and 2nd at Alex T Duffy Fair Grounds Arena.

The 1000 Islands Privateers are scheduled to play the Danbury Whalers at Danbury Arena March 8-10 for their first three games in the first round of playoff games. If the Privateers prevail in a minimum of one game on the road they will come home to Alex T. Duffy Fair Grounds Arena to complete best out of five games on March 12-13.

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