Bruins add Dean, sign Chaput

Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has named Kevin Dean the assistant coach for its AHL affiliate, the Providence Bruins. Boston has also signed forward Stefan Chaput to a one-year contract extension.

Dean, 42, played parts of nine seasons in the AHL during his career, winning a Calder Cup championship with the Albany River Rats in 1995. He was also a member of New Jersey’s Stanley Cup winning team that same postseason, and later skated in the NHL for Atlanta, Dallas and Chicago as well.

Dean spent four seasons as an assistant with the AHL’s Lowell Devils from 2006-10 and served as head coach of Trenton (ECHL) in 2010-11.

Chaput, 23, totaled six goals and 10 assists for 16 points in 62 AHL games between Providence, Syracuse and Charlotte in 2010-11, picking up six points and a plus-7 rating in 15 games after joining the Bruins organization in a trade from Anaheim on Feb. 28.

Originally drafted by Carolina in 2006, the Montreal native has recorded 20 goals and 45 assists for 65 points in 153 career AHL games.