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Thrashers add Stothers as assistant coach

Monday, 07.12.2010 / 12:51 PM / 2010 Offseason News
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Thrashers add Stothers as assistant coach
Atlanta Thrashers add Mike Stothers as assistant coach.
The Atlanta Thrashers on Monday named Mike Stothers as an assistant coach, joining Associate Coach John Torchetti on new coach Craig Ramsay's staff.

Stothers has early 30 years of professional hockey experience as a player and coach, and most recently served as coach for the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League in 2007-08. Prior to joining the Griffins, Stothers served as the coach of the Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League from 2002-07, posting a record of 160-134-21-25. During the 2004-05 season, Stothers led the Attack to a regular-season record of 40-18-7-3, which ranks as the highest win and point (90) total in team history.

The Toronto native served as an assistant coach for seven seasons in the AHL with the Hershey Bears (1991-96) and the Philadelphia Phantoms (1996-2000). He also served as an assistant coach with the Philadelphia Flyers during the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons, working with Ramsay during that time.

Stothers was selected in the first round (No. 21) by the Flyers in the 1980 Entry Draft and appeared in 30 career NHL games with the Flyers and the Toronto Maple Leafs. He also appeared in five Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Flyers. He had 144 points (38 goals, 106 assists) and 1,840 penalty minutes in 671 AHL games with the Maine Mariners, Hershey Bears and Newmarket Saints.
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