Panthers new assistant coach Jim Hulton (Dan Hamilton)
SUNRISE, Fla. – Florida Panthers General Manager Jacques Martin announced today that Jim Hulton has been hired as an assistant coach and Jamie Pringle has been hired as the club’s video coach. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. Hulton joins Mike Kitchen and Pierre Groulx as an assistant coach under head coach Peter DeBoer.
Hulton, 39, joins the Panthers after spending the 2007-08 season as the Co-Coach/Assistant General Manager for the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors of the Ontario Hockey League. He was an Assistant Coach alongside current Panthers bench boss DeBoer when Team Canada won the 2005 World Junior Championship.
“We are very pleased to welcome Jim to the Panthers organization,” Martin said. “Jim has worked with teams in international competition and in the Ontario Hockey League and we are confident he will use these experiences to help our club achieve its’ goals.”
The Kingston, Ontario native has previously been the head coach for three teams in the OHL – Mississauga Ice Dogs from 1998-2000, Belleville Bulls from 2000-2003 and Kingston Frontenacs from 2003-2006. Hulton also was the head coach for the Royal Military College for the 2006-07 season.
"I am very excited to be adding Jimmy to our coaching staff,” DeBoer said. “He is young, enthusiastic and has a wealth of experience as a teacher of the game both as a head coach and assistant coach. He has won internationally at the U-18 and World Junior levels and will play a valuable role on our staff.”
Hulton is also very experienced at the international level. He was the Assistant Coach for the 2002 Canadian National U-18 team, the Head Coach for the 2003 Canadian National U-18 squad as well as the Assistant Coach for the Canadian National Junior Team in 2004 before winning the Gold Medal as an assistant with the 2005 Canadian National Junior Team.
After playing two seasons of junior hockey as a member of the Kitchener Rangers (OHL) from 1986-88, Hulton went on to play for four seasons at York University where he also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology.
Pringle, 32, joins the Panthers after spending the past two seasons as the Manager of National Team Video for Hockey Canada. While with Hockey Canada, Pringle won a Gold Medal at the 2007 World Championship and both the 2007 and 2008 World Junior Championships.
Prior to working with Hockey Canada, Pringle spent time as an assistant coach with Belleville (OHL) from 1999-2003 and with Kingston (OHL) from 2004-06. In 1995, Pringle graduated from Canadore College in North Bay, Ontario with a degree in television broadcasting.
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