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Brad Smyth Named Denver Cutthroats Head Coach

June 19, 2014 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Denver Cutthroats News Release

Denver - The Denver Cutthroats are proud to announce that Brad Smyth has been named Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations. Derek Armstrong serves as President and General Manager.

Smyth performed as general manager and assistant coach during the Cutthroats 2013-14 season and helped the team to advance to the Ray Miron Presidents' Cup Finals for the first time in franchise history. He has built relationships with the players both from behind the bench and on the ice, having played 70 games for Denver in the inaugural season and notching 28 goals and 53 assists.

Armstrong was promoted to President of the Denver Cutthroats in January of 2014 and continued to serve as Head Coach through the end of the season. He has since replaced his coaching title to take a stronger role in the front office. "I have decided to become President and General Manager and move my energies towards helping to build an amazing fan experience and continue to grow youth hockey in the state of Colorado," said Armstrong. "This is by no means my last time coaching, I just felt that it was important to continue to help with the growth of this great organization. I have a great relationship with Brad and know that he will continue to move the team forward toward a championship. He has been a staple to the team and the organization as a whole."

"This is a very exciting time to become head coach of the Denver Cutthroats," said Smyth. "To be part of the organization since its inception and to be part of its continued growth has been very gratifying. I am very proud to continue our mission to win a championship in front of the best fans in the Central Hockey League."

The National Hockey League veteran appeared in 88 games with the Florida Panthers, Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers, Nashville Predators and Ottawa Senators. He and Armstrong suited up together with the American Hockey League's Hartford Wolf Pack from 1997-2001. During that time, the teammates won the AHL's Calder Cup in the 1999-2000 season.

The Denver Cutthroats will hit the ice for their third season in October of 2014 at the Denver Coliseum. For season ticket information, call 303.295.3474 or visit

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