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Gernander earns 300th coaching win

Ken Gernander of the Hartford Wolf Pack became the 18th head coach in American Hockey League history with 300 career wins, reaching the milestone with a 4-3 overtime victory over the Springfield Falcons on Saturday night.

Gernander, 45, is in his eighth season as Hartford’s head coach and has amassed a record of 300-243-41. He led the Wolf Pack to a division title in 2009.

A 2013 inductee into the American Hockey League Hall of Fame, Gernander played 14 seasons in the AHL, including 10 years as captain of the New York Rangers’ top affiliates in Hartford and Binghamton. He won a Calder Cup with the Wolf Pack in 2000, was a two-time recipient of the AHL’s Fred T. Hunt Award for sportsmanship, determination and dedication to hockey, and appeared in three AHL All-Star Classics.

Gernander retired in 2005, at the time owning the most points (624) of any American-born player in league history. He joins Frank Mathers and Bruce Boudreau as the only men ever with 300 wins as a coach and 300 points as a player in the AHL.

Career Head Coaching Wins (x-active, through Jan. 10)
1. 636 – Fred "Bun" Cook
2. 610 – Frank Mathers
3. 592 – x-Roy Sommer
4. 589 – John Paddock
5. 369 – x-John Anderson
6. 362 – Terry Reardon
7. 353 – Robbie Ftorek
8. 350 – Randy Cunneyworth
9. 340 – Bruce Boudreau
10. 338 – Mark Morris
11. 337 – John Van Boxmeer
12. 333 – Johnny Crawford
13. 329 – Tom McVie
14. 322 – Don Lever
15. 305 – Joe Crozier
16. 304 – Al MacNeil
17. 302 – Greg Gilbert
18. 300 – x-Ken Gernander