Ottawa has named Kurt Kleinendorst as head coach of their American Hockey League affiliate in Binghamton in a press release issued on Wednesday.
Kleinendorst is no stranger to the Binghamton Senators having led the club to the Calder Cup in 2011, before accepting the position of head coach with the University of Alabama in Huntsville the following summer.
“Kurt has a proven record of being able to balance both development and winning at the AHL level,” Binghamton Senators general manager Randy Lee said.
“During his time in the organization our prospects were taught what it takes to be a good professional and how to understand their role as part of a successful team concept. We’re very excited to have him back in the organization.”
New Ottawa general manager Pierre Dorion also praised Kleinendorst in the official release.
“Coaching experience was key to what we wanted to add to the organization this summer and with hirings in Ottawa and now the addition of both Kurt and Steve, we have accomplished that,” he said.
“Kurt’s coaching philosophy fits exactly with what we are hoping to have at the American League level and will be a great compliment to our new staff in Ottawa.”
The 55-year-old has also spent time coaching in Europe, firstly with the Manchester Storm in the now defunct British Superleague from 1997 to 2000 and more recently in Germany, where he coached ERC Ingolstadt last year.
He also served as an assistant coach with the New Jersey Devils from 2000 to 2002 and was head coach of the AHL Iowa Wild during the 2013-14 campaign.