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Dan Brooks joins staff in Peoria

St. Louis Blues executive vice president and general manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has named Dan Brooks as an assistant coach for the Blues’ American Hockey League affiliate, Peoria Rivermen.

Brooks, 43, joins current Peoria assistant Drake Berehowsky under head coach Jared Bednar and begins his professional coaching career with the Rivermen after 14 seasons as an assistant coach at both the major junior and collegiate levels. He spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach with the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

He coached under Guy Boucher in 2008-09, who went on to win the AHL’s coach of the year award with the Hamilton Bulldogs in 2009-10 and was named head coach of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning on June 8. Brooks and Boucher guided the team to a franchise-best 54 wins and 112 points as well as a President’s Cup championship and a trip to the Memorial Cup.

Prior to joining Drummondville, he was a member of the Brown University coaching staff for six seasons, five of which were spent as the top assistant.