According to numerous sources, including the Bruins official Twitter, the Providence Bruins head coach has been hired to fill the vacant Assistant Coach Spot formerly held by new Head Coach Bruce Cassidy. Dean, 48 will be on the bench for the 2017-2018 season, likely responsible for the defense, although not officially confirmed. The former University of New Hampshire defensive standout is most well known for winning both a Calder Cup and the Stanley Cup (NJD) in the same year, 1995.
Following a ten year journeyman NHL career, he retired from the league due to health concerns before moving into the coaching ranks in 2006. Dean coached in the ECHL until 2011, when he was named an Assistant Coach under Bruce Cassidy’s Providence Bruins. Following Cassidy’s promotion to the NHL club in 2016, Dean was named the Head Coach of the Providence Bruins, finishing his first season with a record of 43W-33L en route to a third round exit at the hands of Tampa Bay affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch in 5 games.
Dean will join fellow former NHLers on the bench in Joe Sacco, Jay Pandolfo, and longtime goaltending coach Bob Essensa. Along with last years hiring of Pandolfo and the promotion of Bruce Cassidy, it is evident that the youth movement is fully underway for the 2017-2018 season.
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