Hartford Wolf Pack coach Ryan McGill will be back behind the bench of the American Hockey League club this coming season. General Manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the team has come to terms with McGill on a contract extension.
"We are extremely pleased that Ryan will be returning to Hartford," said Schoenfeld. "He's done a terrific job developing players for the Rangers in a winning environment, and we look forward to him being back at the helm of our club for 2004-05."
McGill led the Pack to Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference titles last year. The Wolf Pack had a 44-24-12-2 record last season and a strong playoff run. The 35 year-old Alberta native has a compiled a record of 77-49-24-10 during his two seasons as a pro coach.
The New York Rangers named McGill to the top post in Hartford June 27, 2002, with McGill fresh off an excellent junior hockey coaching career. He capped off a nearly five year run in the Western Hockey League by steering the WHL's Kootenay Ice to the 2001-02 Memorial Cup title, the championship of all of Canadian Major Junior hockey.