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Coyotes Agree to Contract Extensions for Portland Pirates' Coaching Staff

by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Phoenix Coyotes Vice President of Hockey Operations and Assistant General Manager Brad Treliving announced today that the Coyotes have agreed to contract extensions with Portland Pirates’ Head Coach Ray Edwards as well as assistant coaches John Slaney and Mike Minard. Treliving also announced that Pirates’ athletic trainer Mike Booi and equipment manager John Krouse have signed contract extensions. As per club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

“We are very pleased to have Ray continue to lead our AHL team in Portland,” Treliving said. “Ray, along with John and Mike, have formed an excellent staff and they have done a terrific job in the continued development of our prospects.”

Edwards is entering his seventh season with the Coyotes organization and his fifth as head coach of the Coyotes’ AHL affiliate. Under Edwards’ leadership, the Coyotes’ AHL team (Portland Pirates 2011-13 and San Antonio Rampage 2009-11) has posted a record of 147-117-11-10 over the last four seasons. This past year, Portland finished the regular season with a record of 41-30-3-2 for 87 points and earned a spot in the Calder Cup Playoffs. A total of 11 different Pirates’ players were called up to the NHL to play for the Coyotes in 2012-13.

“We are thrilled that the contracts of the Pirates’ coaching staff have been extended by Coyotes’ management,” Portland owner Brian Petrovek said. “This provides continuity going forward, picking up on the successes experienced this past season as we begin our third decade of Portland Pirates Hockey. Ray, John and Mike have provided our fans over the past two seasons with an exciting, consistent brand of hockey, Coyotes’ style, and we're all looking forward to their competitive approach continuing in the future.”

Edwards, 43, first joined the Coyotes organization as an assistant coach with the San Antonio Rampage (AHL) in 2007-08. In his first season with San Antonio, he helped guide the Rampage to their first Calder Cup Playoff appearance since the clubs’ inaugural season (2002-03). The Rampage finished the 2007-08 regular season with a record of 42-38-3-7 for 94 points, marking the third-highest point total ever by a Coyotes affiliate.

A native of Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Edwards has also coached in the Central Hockey League (CHL) and East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) for seven years before joining the Rampage, most recently with the New Mexico Scorpions of the CHL where he guided the team to the Conference Finals in 2006-07. Prior to working in New Mexico, Edwards led the San Angelo Saints to the CHL President’s Cup Playoffs in each of his two seasons with the team. He was named the 2004 CHL Coach of the Year in his first season with San Angelo after guiding the Saints to a 35-point turnaround and leading them to a 37-19-8 record and a Southwest Division title.

Edwards began his coaching career in 1998 when he took over the ECHL’s Huntington Blizzard at the age of 28. The following season, Edwards led the Blizzard to their most successful season, posting a 35-25-10 record. Edwards has also had stints with the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones (2001-02) and the Pensacola Ice Pilots (2002-03).

As a player, Edwards played in 309 ECHL games over seven seasons with Dayton, Birmingham, and Huntington, registering 83 goals, 91 assists and 174 points as well as 1,253 penalty minutes. He also attended National Hockey League training camps with the Los Angeles Kings, Chicago Blackhawks and Ottawa Senators.

John Slaney enters his third season with the Coyotes organization as assistant coach with the Portland Pirates. Slaney joined the Pirates in 2011-12 after finishing his playing career with Plzen HC (Czech) following the 2010-11 season.

Leaving his mark as one of the best defensemen in AHL history, Slaney joined the Pirates coaching staff with a wealth of accolades. Slaney was a two-time recipient of the Eddie Shore Award (given annually to the AHL’s top defenseman) with the Philadelphia Phantoms in the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons, and also won a Calder Cup championship with the Phantoms in 2005.

Slaney became the AHL's all-time leading scorer as a defenseman in 2005-06 until his mark (519 career points) was surpassed by Oklahoma City's Bryan Helmer. Slaney also played in 29 games and posted 14-13-27 for Portland during their 1993-94 Calder Cup championship season.

During his career in the NHL, Slaney totaled 91 points (22-69-91) in 268 games with the Washington Capitals (1993-95), Colorado Avalanche (1995-96), Los Angeles Kings (1995-97), Phoenix Coyotes (1997-98), Nashville Predators (1998-99), Pittsburgh Penguins (1999-00), and Philadelphia Flyers (2001-02; 2003-04). Slaney also skated in 14 games for the Capitals (1993-94), Penguins (1999-00), and Flyers (2001-02) during the Stanley Cup Playoffs where he netted two goals and registered an assist. The 41-year-old native of St. John's, Newfoundland was originally drafted by Washington in the first round (ninth overall) of the 1990 NHL Entry Draft.

Mike Minard enters his third season as the Goaltending/Video Coach for the Portland Pirates. Minard joined the Pirates in 2011-12 after serving as the Video Coach for the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs in 2010-11.

The 36-year-old native of Owen Sound, Ontario was originally drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the fourth round (83rd overall) of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, and was in the Oilers system from 1996-2000. His NHL debut came on April 8, 2000 against the Calgary Flames where he stopped 33 shots en route to earning his first career NHL victory. Following the 1999-00 season, Minard joined the Toronto Maple Leafs organization where he played in 96 games from 2000-02 and 2003-04 for their AHL affiliate, the St. John’s Maple Leafs.

A two-time recipient of the AHL’s Yanick Dupre Memorial Award (1999-00, 2000-01) for outstanding community service, Minard played in a total of 141 AHL games with the Hamilton Bulldogs, St. John’s Maple Leafs, and Manitoba Moose. His 12-year professional career also includes stints in the ECHL, CHL and overseas.

Mike Booi enters his third season as the Pirates athletic trainer. Booi oversees all player related medical duties for Portland and assists the Phoenix Coyotes with medical services during NHL training camp. The Lake Odessa, Mich., native completed his undergraduate studies at Michigan State University, earning a degree in kinesiology and received his master's degree in athletic training at the University of Kentucky. Prior to joining the Pirates, Booi worked as an athletic trainer for the Greenville Road Warriors in the ECHL and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

John Krouse enters his fifth season with the Coyotes organization and his third as equipment manager for the Portland Pirates. Prior to joining the Coyotes organization, Krouse served as the Iowa Stars (AHL) equipment manager (2005-08). Krouse began his career as an assistant equipment manager, for his brother Richard, with the Utica Blizzard of the Colonial Hockey League, and at the age of 19 he became head trainer for the Winston-Salem Polar Twins in the Southern Hockey League. He later moved up to the Peoria Rivermen of the ECHL for three seasons before joining the Pensacola Ice Pilots, where he spent six seasons and was the 2004 ECHL Equipment Manager of the Year.

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