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Checkers name Warsofsky head coach

The Carolina Hurricanes have named Ryan Warsofsky as the new head coach of their AHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers.

At 31, Warsofsky becomes the youngest current head coach in the American Hockey League.

A native of North Marshfield, Mass., Warsofsky joined the organization last summer and served as an assistant coach with the Checkers in 2018-19, helping the club capture its first Calder Cup championship.

Prior to arriving in Charlotte, Warsofsky spent five seasons with South Carolina (ECHL), including 2016-18 as head coach and director of player operations. He guided the Stingrays to the Kelly Cup Finals in 2016-17.

Warsofsky began his coaching career in 2012 as an assistant at Curry College, where he also played two seasons after transferring from Sacred Heart University.