COLUMBUS, OHIO – Former National Hockey League player Dan Hinote has been named an assistant coach with the Columbus Blue Jackets, the club announced July 1. Hinote (pronounced HIGH-note) is the third member of new Head Coach Scott Arniel's coaching staff, joining assistant coach Brad Berry and strength & conditioning coach Kevin Collins.
"As a player, Dan was a leader who put the team first and was very well-respected, so I think he is going to be a real asset to our coaching staff," said Arniel. "His recent experience as a player, including winning a Stanley Cup, combined with his enthusiasm and work ethic will allow him to relate very well to the young players on our team."
Hinote, 33, wrapped up a 13-year playing career in 2009-10 with Modo in the Swedish Elite League. Prior to that, he spent nine seasons in the NHL with the Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Blues. He registered 38 goals and 52 assists for 90 points with 383 penalty minutes in 503 career NHL games. He added 6-9-15 and 67 penalty minutes in 72 career Stanley Cup Playoffs games and helped the Avalanche win the 2001 Stanley Cup championship.
Hinote played two seasons at the United States Military Academy at West Point from 1994-96. After being selected by Colorado in the seventh round, 167th overall, of the 1996 Entry Draft, he played parts of two seasons with the Ontario Hockey League's Oshawa Generals before signing with the Avalanche and spending parts of three seasons with the American Hockey League's Hershey Bears. He tallied 27-38-65 and 254 penalty minutes in 353 games with Colorado between 1999-00 and 2005-06 and participated in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in each of his five full seasons with the club. He signed with St. Louis prior to the 2006-07 season and collected 11-14-25 and 129 penalty minutes in 150 games with the Blues, helping the club reach the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Hinote was born on Jan. 30, 1977 in Leesburg, Florida and grew up in Elk River, Minnesota. He and his wife, Amy, are the parents of a four-month-old son, Charlie.
The Blue Jackets are commemorating their 10th NHL season in 2010-11. Season tickets as well as six-, 10- and 20-game packages are on sale now. For information, call (800) NHL-COLS or visit BlueJackets.com. Information regarding sales of single game tickets for all home pre-season and regular season games will be announced later this summer.