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Bears Well Represented in Coaching World

Bears Well Represented in Coaching World

05/11/2018 - When former Hershey Bears forward Jim Montgomery was named head coach of the Dallas Stars last week, he became the third active NHL bench boss who previously spent time with the Bears. Montgomery, who played with the Bears from 1994-96, won two titles with Dubuque in the USHL, and claimed an NCAA title at powerhouse Denver before earning the Dallas position. 

Montgomery is one of many former Hershey Bears who are involved in coaching. Both former players and coaches of the Bears are littered across NHL, AHL, and ECHL, and are also well represented in major juniors and the NCAA. 

Below is a list of former Bears player and coaches who are currently in the coaching ranks in professional hockey, the NCAA, and in Tier-1 junior hockey. 

NHL:

Chicago Blackhawks:
Jimmy Waite, Goaltending Coach

Columbus Blue Jackets:
Brad Larsen, Assistant Coach

Dallas Stars: 
Jim Montgomery, Head Coach

Los Angeles Kings:
John Stevens, Head Coach
Don Nachbaur, Assistant Coach

Minnesota Wild:
Bruce Boudreau, Head Coach
Bob Woods, Assistant Coach
Bob Mason, Goalie Coach

New York Islanders:
Scott Gomez, Assistant Coach

Nashville Predators:
Kevin McCarthy, Assistant Coach

Philadelphia Flyers:
Gord Murphy, Assistant Coach

St. Louis Blues:
Craig Berube, Associate Coach 

Toronto Maple Leafs:
D.J. Smith, Assistant Coach

Vegas Golden Knights:
Ryan McGill, Assistant Coach

Washington Capitals:
Scott Murray, Goaltending Coach


AHL:

Bridgeport Sound Tigers:
Brent Thompson, Head Coach

Chicago Wolves:
Rocky Thompson, Head Coach

Grand Rapids Griffins:
Todd Nelson, Head Coach

Lehigh Valley Phantoms:
Kerry Huffman, Assistant Coach

Ontario Reign:
Mike Stothers, Head Coach

San Diego Gulls:
J.F. Labbe, Goaltending Coach

San Jose Barracuda: 
Ryan Mougenel, Assistant Coach

Stockton Heat:
Cail MacLean, Assistant Coach

Texas Stars:
Jim Bedard, Goaltending Development Coach

Toronto Marlies:
Sheldon Keefe, Head Coach

ECHL:

Allen Americans:
Steve Martinson, Head Coach

Florida Everblades:
Brad Ralph, Head Coach

Kalamazoo Wings:
Nick Bootland, Head Coach

Reading Royals
Patrick Weller, Assistant Coach

WHL:

Regina Pats:
John Paddock, Head Coach/GM

Saskatoon Blades:
Tim Cheveldae, Goaltending Coach

QMJHL:

Moncton Wildcats:
Darren Rumble, Head Coach

Halifax Mooseheads:
Eric Veilleux, Head Coach

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies:
Dany Sabourin, Goaltender Coach

Victoriaville Tigres:
Louis Robitaille, Head Coach
Carl Mallette, Assistant Coach

NCAA:

Alabama Huntsville:
Gavin Morgan, Assistant Coach

Colorado College:
Mike Haviland, Head Coach

Massachusetts:
Jared DeMichiel, Assistant Coach 

Minnesota-Duluth:
Scott Sandelin, Head Coach

New Hampshire:
Mike Souza, Head Coach
Glenn Stewart, Assistant Coach

Northern Michigan:
Grant Potulny, Head Coach

Providence College:
Kris Mayotte, Assistant Coach

Union College:
Rick Bennett, Head Coach

Western Michigan University:
Andy Murray, Head Coach 

Did we miss anyone? There are a lot of former Bears involved in coaching, so if someone slid through the cracks, email zasfisch@hersheypa.com and we'll get them added ASAP.

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