New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has named Joe Mormina Assistant Coach of the Rangers' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack.
Mormina, 35, joins the Rangers organization after serving one season as the Assistant Coach at Mercyhurst University. Under Mormina's guidance, three Mercyhurst defensemen averaged at least 0.50 points per game during the 2016-17 season. In addition to helping players on the ice, Mormina worked in a player development role during his one season at Mercyhurst.
Prior to beginning his coaching career, the Montreal, Quebec, native played 11 seasons of professional hockey (2005-06 - 2015-16). Mormina skated in 670 career AHL games with the Manchester Monarchs, Albany River Rats, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Adirondack Phantoms, Syracuse Crunch, and Rochester Americans, registering 31 goals and 120 assists for 151 points, along with a plus-36 rating and 837 penalty minutes. He also helped his team advance to the playoffs in eight of his 11 seasons in the AHL, and he skated in 69 AHL playoff games in his career. Mormina established a career-high with a plus-37 rating in 2008-09, and he ranked second in the AHL in plus/minus rating during the season. Mormina also skated in one NHL game during his career, as he helped Carolina earn a win on February 14, 2008. He was originally selected by Philadelphia in the sixth round, 193rd overall, of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
Mormina played four seasons of collegiate hockey at Colgate University (2001-02 - 2004-05). He skated in 141 career collegiate games, registering 16 goals and 40 assists for 56 points, along with 156 penalty minutes. In his final collegiate season in 2004-05, Mormina helped Colgate finish in third place at the ECAC Hockey Tournament, and he was selected to the ECAC All-Tournament Team.