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Head Coach

What to know: Philadelphia Flyers head coach three-plus seasons from 2015 to 2018, qualifying team for playoffs two of three full seasons, including first year. Joins Kraken from Toronto, served as defense-minded assistant coach to Mike Babcock, then Sheldon Keefe. For 2020-21 season, Leafs NHL fifth-best preventing shots against per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 play. As U of North Dakota head coach, took alma mater to NCAA Frozen Four in his first year and seven times total in 11 seasons, finishing with a 289-143-43 record. Captained UND two seasons as player. Five-season IHL pro career before knee injury prompted him to become USHL head coach.

Fun facts: More than 30 of his UND players became NHLers, totaling nearly 8,500 games. Seventy players reached at least the AHL, seven named Hobey Baker Award finalists. Born and raised outside Warburg, Alberta, population 766. Worked family cattle farm, feeding, branding, seeding grain, bailing hay, driving tractor. Found time to play accordion, skate on father's small rink on farm.

Assistants

What to Know: Arrives from last stop as head coach for AHL Providence Bruins, compiling a 136-77-26 record over four seasons as head coach, qualifying for the playoffs each season and finishing the last two AHL shortened seasons in first place of Atlantic division. Former NHL defenseman played 70 NHL games for five teams (BOS, NJD, SJS, MON, TBL),. He captained three different AHL teams, wore "C" for Providence College as senior. When his playing career ended, Leach sought an opportunity to coach in Germany.

Fun Facts: Played for five NHL teams, eight AHL teams (including Providence), four ECHL teams over 11-season pro career. His uncle, Steve Leach, played five seasons in Boston during his 11-year NHL career. Calls Seattle "one of the best cities" based on last decade of exploring the Pacific Northwest with his sister, who moved west to Bend, OR and now lives in Stayton, OR.

What to Know: Three seasons as NHL assistant coach in Florida (2017-18 and 2018-19) and Toronto (2019-20), where he coached together with Dave Hakstol as assistants. Joins Kraken from OHL Kingston Frontenacs, where he returned as head coach and general manager (2020-21 season canceled). In first tour with Kingston, his teams notched a record of 111-71-22 and three straight OHL playoff berths. Played four years Acadia (NS) University, captain three years.

Fun Facts: First break in coaching as assistant to D.J. Smith (now Ottawa Senators head coach) for junior OHL Oshawa Generals. Played most of OHL juniors career for Kitchener Rangers, winning a Memorial Cup in 2003 under Peter DeBoer, head coach of now-Pacific division rival Vegas. First-ever trip to Seattle was after he accepted the Kraken coaching job.

Goaltending

Video

What to know: Began as an intern with Washington Capitals' coaching staff in 2014. Then-head coach Barry Trotz created and offered full-time video analyst role for 2015-16 season. Won Stanley Cup as a member of the Capitals' coaching staff in 2018. Played club hockey at Bates College in Lewiston, ME.

Fun facts: Major back issue caused him to return home to Maryland for surgery where mother persuaded him to pursue career in sports by taking graduate courses in sports management at Georgetown University. Avid fan of baseball. Wife grew up in Bellevue, WA and father lives in Washougal, WA.

What to Know: Returns to Seattle with the Kraken after five years with AHL Tucson Roadrunners, serving as video coach and hockey operations assistant since early days of the franchise operating in southern Arizona. Also served in pre-scouting role for coaching staff. In previous position, worked as hockey ops assistant with WHL Seattle Thunderbirds with duties that included recording and logging video for coaches' use between periods and post-game, plus managing players' arrangement with billet families. Served as hockey ops intern with Arizona Coyotes for two seasons (2013-15).

Fun Facts: Raised in Phoenix, earned business degree at Arizona State. Childhood hero is Hockey Hall of Famer Steve Yzerman.

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