Carolina Changes Coaching Staff
RALEIGH, NC - Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that Albany River Rats Head Coach and General Manager Tom Rowe will serve as an Assistant Coach for Carolina beginning with the 2008-09 season. Rutherford also announced that current Hurricanes assistant coach Jeff Daniels has been named as the new Head Coach and General Manager for Albany, Carolina's top minor-league affiliate.
"This is a great opportunity for Jeff's career at this point, to be a head coach and run his own team," said Rutherford. "The addition of Tom Rowe brings some new ideas to our coaching staff on the NHL level."
Rowe recently completed his fourth season as the head coach and general manager of the Hurricanes top minor-league affiliate, and his second year as head coach and general manager of the Albany River Rats. In 2007-08, he led the River Rats to a record of 43-30-3-4 and their second consecutive playoff berth, and his career AHL coaching record stands at 156-130-14-20 in 320 total games behind the bench. A native of Lynn, MA, Rowe began his coaching career with Lowell (AHL) in 2004-05, helping the Lock Monsters earn their best finish in franchise history with a record of 47-27-1-5. Prior to being promoted to head coach, Rowe spent three seasons as an assistant coach for Lowell. He also has experience has a U.S. scout and served as the assistant general manager of the Hartford Whalers from 1990-1992. Originally drafted by the Washington Capitals in the third round of the 1976 NHL Entry Draft, Rowe played eight seasons of professional hockey in the NHL and AHL, totaling 85 goals and 185 points in 357 NHL contests with Washington, Hartford and Detroit. In the 1978-79 season, he became the first American player to score at least 30 goals in a season, finishing tied with Dennis Maruk for the Capitals' team lead with 31 goals.
Daniels completed his 11th year with the franchise and fourth as a Hurricanes assistant coach in 2007-08. Prior to joining the coaching staff, he served in a player-development capacity in the team's front office. Born in Oshawa, Ont., Daniels retired as a player on Nov. 17, 2003, after totaling 17 goals and 26 assists (43 points) in 425 career NHL games with Pittsburgh, Florida, Nashville and Carolina. He has his name on the Stanley Cup as a player on the 1992 Pittsburgh Penguins and a coach for the 2006 Carolina Hurricanes.
Former Albany defenseman and captain Geordie Kinnear will continue as Albany's Assistant Coach for the 2008-09 season. Kinnear, a four-time AHL All-Star, just completed his first full season with the Hurricanes organization, working for their top minor-league affiliate. The Simcoe, Ontario native was a member of the River Rats 1995 Calder Cup Championship squad and played parts of seven seasons for the River Rats between 1993 and 2001.
2008-09 Albany River Rats season ticket packages are on sale now for the River Rats 16th season of operations in the American Hockey League. For more information please contact the Albany River Rats at (518) 487-2244 or online at www.albanyriverrats.com.
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