WBS Penguins’ Brian Coe Named 2014 – 15 Recipient Of The AHL’s Ken McKenzie Award

The American Hockey League has named Brian Coe, the vice president of operations for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the winner of the league’s Ken McKenzie Award for the 2014-15 season.

Recognizing the important role played by team management in building a successful franchise, the Ken McKenzie Award is presented annually to an AHL team executive who most successfully promotes his or her own club.

Coe has been a member of the Penguins organization since 1996, spending eight seasons in Pittsburgh’s communications department before joining Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s staff in 2005. During his tenure in Wilkes-Barre, Coe has been responsible for overseeing the team’s game-night operations as well as all communications and digital and social media efforts. Thanks largely to Coe’s leadership, the Penguins were again among the AHL’s leaders in social media engagement in 2014-15, and the team continues to be highly regarded as a league standard for fan experience and digital media excellence.

The AHL’s Ken McKenzie Award, first presented in 1978, honors Ken McKenzie, the founder and long-time publisher of The Hockey News and a 1997 media honoree by the Hockey Hall of Fame as the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award winner. Mr. McKenzie was also the NHL’s first publicity director and creator of its first media guide.

In operation since 1936, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 88 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and for the 14th year in a row, more than 6 million fans attended AHL games across North America in 2014-15.

Congratulations Brian from us here at PensFans4Ever on a job well done.

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Mike Sullivan Named Head Coach of the WBS Penguins

Mike Sullivan has been named head coach of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, it was announced today by associate general manager Jason Botterill.Sullivan, 47, has 13 years of coaching experience at the National Hockey League (NHL), American Hockey League (AHL) and international levels. He served two seasons as the Boston Bruins head coach from 2003-06. Sullivan also spent 11 years as an NHL player with four different clubs from 1991-2002, appearing in over 700 games.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mike to the Penguins’ organization,” said Botterill. “Mike adds a wealth of experience thanks to his many successful years coaching in the NHL and AHL, and with USA Hockey. We believe he will do a great job developing our prospects to prepare them for the jump to the NHL.”

A native of Marshfield, Massachusetts, Sullivan began his coaching career in 2002-03, starting the season as head coach of the AHL’s Providence Bruins before joining the NHL’s Bruins as an assistant coach late in the year. He was promoted to head coach of the NHL Bruins at age 35 in ’03-04, winning a Northeast Division crown in the first of his two years at the helm.

As the head coach in Providence, Sullivan compiled a record of 41-17-9-4 (.669 pct.) in 71 games before his promotion to Boston. Sullivan served as an NHL assistant coach for seven-consecutive years from 2007-13, including two years with Tampa Bay (’07-09); four with the New York Rangers (’09-13); and one season with the Vancouver Canucks (’13-14). During the ’08-09 season with Tampa Bay, Sullivan coached with current Penguins’ assistant Rick Tocchet.

In addition to his professional coaching experience, Sullivan has twice coached the United States internationally. He was the head coach at the 2007 World Championship and an assistant coach at the 2006 Olympic Games in Turino, Italy. During his coaching career, Sullivan has coached several members of Pittsburgh’s hockey operations staff.

In Sullivan’s second season behind Boston’s bench in ’05-06, he coached assistant general manager Tom Fitzgerald; during the 2006 Olympics, assistant general manager Bill Guerin was on the squad; and Sullivan was an assistant coach with the Lightning in ‘08-09 when player development coach Mark Recchi skated for Tampa Bay.

This past season, Sullivan was a member of the Chicago Blackhawks player development staff where he worked closely with the organization’s top minor-league affiliate, the AHL’s Rockford Ice Hogs, as well as Chicago’s unsigned prospects. Sullivan was primarily responsible for the development of Chicago’s forward prospects.

Sullivan’s 11-year NHL career began with the expansion San Jose Sharks in 1991-92 and included stops in Calgary, Boston and Arizona. A penalty-killing specialist, Sullivan recorded 54 goals and 136 points in 709 NHL games. He scored 16 of his 54 goals shorthanded.

Sullivan was drafted by the New York Rangers in the fourth round (69th overall) of the 1987 NHL Draft. He played four years of collegiate hockey at Boston University from 1986-90, serving as the Terriers captain as a senior. Sullivan represented the U.S. as a player at the 1988 World Junior Championship.

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Alain Nasreddine Joins New Jersey Devils Coaching Staff

Alain Nasreddine, part of the coaching duo that helped Wilkes-Barre/Scranton lead the American Hockey League in defense four of the last five seasons, was named an assistant coach for the New Jersey Devils today.  Nasreddine joins former Penguins head coach John Hynes, who was hired as head coach of the Devils on June 2.

In his first year as assistant coach for the Penguins, Nasreddine helped lead the team to a 58-21-0-1 record and the franchise’s first-ever Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy as AHL regular-season champions in 2010-11.  Over his years behind the bench for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Nasreddine coached defensive groups that allowed the fewest goals in the league during the 2010-11 (183), 2012-13 (178), 2013-14 (185) and 2014-15 (163) seasons.

Nasreddine, 39, played 15 years of professional hockey as a defenseman, including five seasons with the Penguins organization from 2003-04 through 2007-08. During that time he suited up in 56 games for Pittsburgh, notching five points (1G-4A).  He also skated in 249 contests for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, totaling 55 points on 13 goals and 42 assists. He added seven points (3G-4A) in 57 postseason games, and helped the team earn two berths in the Calder Cup Final in 2004 and 2008.

Nasreddine was selected as a member of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s inaugural Hall of Fame class on January 10, 2014.

Nasreddine, who was originally drafted by Florida in the sixth round (135th overall) of the 1993 NHL Draft, played for four NHL teams in his career — Chicago, Montreal, NY Islanders and Pittsburgh.  He was acquired by the Pittsburgh Penguins from the New York Islanders for Steve Webb on March 8, 2004.

The Montreal, Quebec native also saw action in 850 combined games with Carolina, Portland, Fredericton, Quebec, Hamilton and Bridgeport of the AHL and Indianapolis of the International Hockey League.  He played his last two seasons with Nuremberg of the German Elite League.

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Carter Rowney Re-Signs With Penguins

It was announced today by the WBS Penguins that they have signed forward Carter Rowney to an American Hockey League contract for the 2015-16 season.

Rowney began last season with the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers, compiling seven points (1G-6A) in just five games.  Recalled to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Nov. 5, 2014, Rowney enjoyed a breakout season with the Penguins.  The 26-year-old from Sexsmith, Alberta played in 63 contests with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and reached double digits in goals (10), assists (21) and points (31).  He also collected two goals and two assists in eight Calder Cup playoff games.

As a rookie in 2013-14, Rowney was tied for third on the Nailers with 44 points (13G-31A) despite skating in just 39 contests.  He also registered two goals and two assists in 24 games for the Penguins before adding two assists in two postseason appearances.

Now entering his third year as a pro, Rowney made his professional debut with the Abbotsford Heat (AHL) on Apr. 13, 2013, following his senior season at the University of North Dakota.  In four years with the Fighting Sioux, he totaled 73 points (32G-41A) in 150 games and helped lead the team to three consecutive WCHA championships (2009-11).

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Goers Back with Penguins for 2015-16 Season

The WBS Penguins announced today that they have signed one of the fan favorites defenseman Barry Goers to an American Hockey League contract for the 2015-16 season.

Last year, in his first full season in the AHL, Goers played in 51 games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, recorded two goals, seven assists and 25 penalty minutes and also contributed two assists in eight postseason appearances.

Beginning 2013-14 with the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL), Goers first joined the Penguins on a professional tryout agreement on Dec. 13, 2013.  He went on to collect seven points (1G-6A) in 23 games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, while also posting three goals and eight assists over 25 games with the Nailers.

Currently entering his sixth season as a pro, Goers has skated in 114 AHL games between the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Lake Erie Monsters and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, totaling 24 points (3G-21A) and 54 PIM.  He has also tallied four assists in 24 contests during the Calder Cup Playoffs, all with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

The 28-year-old Ivyland, PA-native spent parts of four seasons in the ECHL and compiled 15 goals and 52 assists over 145 matches with the Las Vegas Wranglers and Wheeling Nailers.

Before starting his pro career, Goers played four years of collegiate hockey at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.

Goers was named the Penguins’ IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year award for his outstanding contributions to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton community during the 2014-15 season.


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Pat Damp & Rebecca Lewis Join Nailers Front Office

The Wheeling Nailers, proud ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, are pleased to announce the addition of two new members to their front office staff. Pat Damp and Rebecca Lewis have both joined the organization as Account Executives, after previously working with the team as interns.

Damp, 24, interned with the Nailers during the 2014-15 season, handling social media on game days, while creating fun and exciting content for fans to enjoy. The internship helped Pat complete his college career, as he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. While attending school, the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native also played for the hockey team, serving as an assistant captain during both his junior and senior seasons.

Lewis, 24, interned with the Nailers during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons, assisting in multiple different areas of the organization, including fan relations, creative design, and ticket sales. Rebecca is a graduate of Bowling Green State University, where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, while majoring in Sport Management, and minoring in Marketing. While attending school, the St. Clairsville, Ohio native also worked in BGSU’s ticket office, selling tickets and working the various sporting events and concerts held on campus.

Damp and Lewis will work under the leadership of Director of Ticket Sales Christina Monterosso, while working alongside fellow Account Executive Chris Hudgins, who was promoted from Ticket Intern to Account Executive in January. Craig Bommer continues to oversee the front office as its Vice President, with DJ Abisalih as the Radio Broadcaster, Michael Leopardo as the Video Specialist, and Linda Timberlake as the Team Accountant.

The Wheeling Nailers will start the 2015-16 season with a two-game road series against the Norfolk Admirals on October 16th and 17th, before playing their home opener on October 24th against the Brampton Beast at 7:35.

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Penguins Agree to Terms with Adam Krause and Ty Loney

Sorry for the late entry but The off-season brings vacations and whatnot so , The WBS Penguins announced yesterday that they have signed forwards Adam Krause and Ty Loney to American Hockey League contracts for the 2015-16 season. 


Loney comes to the Penguins organization after four seasons at the University of Denver. As a senior last season, Loney reached double digits in goal scoring for the third time in four years, tallying 10 goals in 35 games, while also contributing six assists.  


Following the 2014-15 season with the Pioneers, the native of Valencia, Pa., joined the Norfolk Admirals (AHL) and recorded a goal and two assists in his professional debut on April 7 at Binghamton. Loney finished with four points (2G-2A) in five appearances for the Admirals.


Over four seasons at the University of Denver, Loney totaled 39 goals, 50 assists and 128 penalty minutes in 152 games. He helped lead the Pioneers to two consecutive National Collegiate Hockey Conference championships (2014, 2015) and four straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament. 


The 23-year-old is the son of long-time NHLer Troy Loney, who played in 532 games and won two Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins.


Krause posted seven goals, 10 assists and 36 penalty minutes over 31 contests in 2014-15 during his senior season at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Originally from Hermantown, Minn., Krause was a four-year letterman for the Bulldogs, collecting 16 goals, 21 assists and 169 PIM in 133 games. He also served as team captain during both his junior and senior years.


Krause, 23, signed with the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL) on April 3 after the completion of his senior year. In six games with the Nailers, Krause registered two goals and two assists. He also added four points (1G-3A) in seven postseason matches.

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