The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has promoted Adam Deadmarsh to Assistant Coach. The organization also announced today the hiring of Tim Army as Assistant Coach/Video.
Deadmarsh, 36, joined the Avalanche coaching staff in the summer of 2009 and has spent the last two seasons as Colorado's Video/Development Coach. The Trail, B.C., native enjoyed a nine-year stint as a player in the NHL, appearing in 567 career games with the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings. He totaled 184 goals and 373 points with 819 penalty minutes. Deadmarsh was part of the Avalanche's first Stanley Cup championship team in 1996.
"Adam certainly deserves this opportunity," said Avalanche Head Coach Joe Sacco. "With his background, we feel he will be successful in his new role."
Army, 48, has spent the last six seasons as the head coach of his alma mater, Providence College (Hockey East). Prior to joining the Friars, Army served as head coach of the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League for three years from 2002-03 to 2004-05. Army was an assistant coach in the NHL for nine seasons, spending four years with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1993-94 to 1996-97) and five years with the Washington Capitals (1997-98 to 2001-02).
The Providence, R.I., native was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the ninth round (171st overall) of the 1981 NHL Entry Draft. He played three seasons at Providence College and then two years of pro hockey before returning to the Friars as an assistant coach in 1988.
"Tim has coached at all levels of hockey," said Sacco. "His experience and passion will complete our staff very well."
In related news, Steve Konowalchuk has accepted the head coach position with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League. Konowalchuk has served as an assistant coach for the Avalanche during the past two seasons.