The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today the appointment of Steve Konowalchuk as assistant coach. In addition, the club announced that Adam Deadmarsh will serve as the team’s video/development coach.
The former Avalanche players join a coaching staff that includes head coach Joe Sacco and assistant coach Sylvain Lefebvre.
“We’re very excited to add Steve and Adam to our staff,” said Avalanche General Manager Greg Sherman. “Both have a level of familiarity with the Avalanche organization, and we’re confident they will provide our club with the same passion and commitment they showed as players.”
Konowalchuk, 36, will begin his first season with the Avalanche in a coaching capacity. He previously spent the 2007-08 campaign as a member of the club’s Player Development Department after retiring from the NHL in September of 2006.
“I look forward to continuing my working relationship with the Avalanche,” said Konowalchuk. “I know the vast majority of these players very well, having worked with them at different points of their careers.”
Konowalchuk played 790 games over 14 NHL seasons, recording 171 goals and 225 assists with Washington and Colorado. The forward also appeared in 52 playoff games, totaling 21 points (9g/12a).
Washington's fifth selection (third round, 58th overall) in the 1991 Entry Draft, Konowalchuk made his NHL debut on April 12, 1992 and went on to spend parts of 13 seasons with the Capitals. His best year came in 2000-01, when he set career highs in goals (24) and points (47) while playing in all 82 games. He served as Washington's team captain in 2002-03.
Acquired by Colorado just three weeks into the 2003-04 season, Konowalchuk recorded 19 goals and 39 points in 76 games with the Avalanche that year. He was limited to only 21 games due to a wrist injury in 2005-06. Steve retired from the game of hockey during Colorado’s 2006 training camp due to a heart condition.
A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, Konowalchuk represented the United States at five international tournaments: the 1992 IIHF World Junior Championship, the 1996 and 2004 World Cups of Hockey and the 2000 and 2002 IIHF World Championships.
Deadmarsh, 34, enjoyed a nine-year stint in the NHL with the Quebec/Colorado franchise and the Los Angeles Kings. In 567 career games, he totaled 184 goals, 189 assists and 819 penalty minutes.
Quebec’s second selection (first round, 14th overall) in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, Deadmarsh made his NHL debut during the 1994-95 campaign with the Nordiques. The following season, he was part of the Avalanche’s first Stanley Cup Championship team, posting 17 points (5g/12a) in 22 postseason games. He led the Avs with 33 goals in 1996-97.
“My family and I are excited to come back to Denver,” said Deadmarsh. “Hockey has always been my life, and it’s great to begin my coaching career with the franchise I won a Stanley Cup with.”
The Trail, British Columbia native spent parts of seven seasons with the Avalanche/Nordiques franchise and totaled 288 points (138g/150a) in 453 games before being traded to the Los Angeles Kings on Feb. 21, 2001. He went on to play two and a half seasons in Los Angeles before eventually retiring from the NHL on Sept. 22, 2005 due to post-concussion syndrome.
Deadmarsh represented the United States at six international events, including the 1996 World Cup of Hockey and the 1998 and 2002 Olympic Winter Games. In addition, he is one of only 18 players to ever suit up for Team USA at three IIHF World Junior Championships (1993-95).