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Isles hire former AHL coach Allen as new assistant

Tuesday, 07.21.2009 / 12:56 PM / 2009 NHL Offseason News

"I am truly excited about joining the New York Islanders organization, a storied franchise with a very rich hockey history.  I am eager to begin working with Scott (Gordon) and his staff as we continue to rebuild the team into a playoff contender." -- Scott Allen

UNIONDALE, NY -- The New York Islanders announced today that they have agreed to terms with new Assistant Coach Scott Allen. Allen will join Head Coach Scott Gordon's staff, after serving as an Assistant Coach for the Quad City Flames, the Calgary Flames American hockey League (AHL) affiliate.
 
"Scott provides the experience with young players needed to help develop the youth on our team," said Garth Snow, General Manager, New York Islanders. "His work ethic and dedication to the sport of hockey are unsurpassed and we are glad he is now part of our team."
 
Last season as an Assistant Coach, the 43-year-old Allen helped the Quad City Flames to a 36-31-6-7 record. Through his two seasons, the Flames posted a combined record of 74-63-9-14. The New Bedford, MA native began his coaching career in 1996 as an assistant with Calgary's then East Coast Hockey League affiliate (ECHL), the Johnstown Chiefs before taking over as head coach in 1997. After six years with the Chiefs, Allen joined the then Florida Panthers AHL affiliate, who at the time were the San Antonio Rampage, for two seasons, first as an Assistant Coach, then as Head Coach. Allen rejoined the Calgary organization in 2004 as Assistant Coach for the AHL Lowell Lock Monsters.
 
"I am truly excited about joining the New York Islanders organization, a storied franchise with a very rich hockey history," said Allen. "I am eager to begin working with Scott and his staff as we continue to rebuild the team into a playoff contender."
 
During his 10-year playing career, Allen competed in the All American Hockey League, Atlantic Coast Hockey League, Colonial Hockey League, Central Hockey League and the East Coast Hockey League. During the 1988-89 campaign, Allen won back-to-back ECHL titles, first with the Carolina Thunderbirds and the following year as a member of the Greensboro Monarchs.


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What we expected is what we got. Very mature young individual that's focused. He is on the right track. He's not only a great hockey individual, but he's a good person off the ice. He seemed to take a leadership role with this group right off the hop and ran away with it, and was vocal, was respectful, was everything it takes to be a Panther. His future looks bright.

— Florida Panthers director of player development Brian Skrudland on defenseman Aaron Ekblad's performance at development camp