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Klee named assistant coach by Crunch

The Tampa Bay Lightning have hired Ken Klee as an assistant coach with the Syracuse Crunch.

Klee, 46, comes to the organization after spending two seasons as head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team. Under his guidance, the U.S. women won two consecutive IIHF World Championships in 2015 and 2016.

Klee played 17 seasons of professional hockey from 1992 to 2009, including 934 games in the NHL with Washington, Toronto, New Jersey, Colorado, Atlanta, Anaheim and Phoenix. Klee also played 191 games in the AHL and won a Calder Cup championship with the Portland Pirates in 1994.

Prior to his professional career, Klee played in 88 games over three seasons at Bowling Green State University. He was selected in the ninth round, 177th overall, by the Washington Capitals in the 1990 NHL Draft.