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Florida Panthers Name Paul McFarland Assistant Coach

31-year old served as head coach of Kingston Frontenacs for three seasons

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SUNRISE, Fla. - Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that Paul McFarland has been named assistant coach to head coach Bob Boughner.

"We are thrilled to add Paul to our coaching staff," said Boughner. "In three seasons as a head coach in Kingston, Paul's team has not missed the playoffs. He is young, intelligent and can relate to our team's young core."

"I'm thrilled about joining the Panthers organization and having an opportunity to work with Dale, Bob and the tremendous staff that Bob has assembled," said McFarland. "I look forward to working with the Panthers and helping a talented, young team compete toward their goal of winning the Stanley Cup."

McFarland, 31, has spent the previous three seasons as head coach of the Kingston Frontenacs (2014-17) of the Ontario Hockey League, earning a 111-71-22 record. In all three seasons as head coach of Kingston, McFarland's club advanced to the postseason, reaching the second round twice.

Prior to joining Kingston, the native of Richmond Hill, Ontario, served as assistant coach of the Oshawa Generals (2012-14).

As a player, McFarland played four seasons in the OHL for the Windsor Spitfires (2005-06) and Kitchener Rangers (2002-04), recording 113 points (50-63-113) over 246 games. He won an OHL Championship and Memorial Cup Championship with Kitchener in in 2003. In his final season with Windsor, he served as captain.

Following his OHL career, McFarland played four seasons for Acadia University where he was named an Academic All-Canadian three times and served as captain for three seasons (2007-10). During his time at Acadia University, McFarland was named University Male Citizen of the Year in 2008 and 2009. The Paul McFarland Award was established in his honor which recognizes the combination of athletics, academics and community involvement.

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