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Knoblauch named head coach of Wolf Pack

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The New York Rangers announced today that the team has named Kris Knoblauch head coach of the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack.

Knoblauch is the seventh head coach in Wolf Pack history.

Knoblauch, 40, joins the Rangers organization with 13 seasons of coaching experience, including parts of seven seasons as a head coach. Most recently, he served as an assistant coach with the Philadelphia Flyers from 2017-19.

Prior to joining the Flyers, Knoblauch spent seven seasons as a head coach in the Canadian Hockey League, with the WHL’s Kootenay Ice (2010-12) and the OHL’s Erie Otters (2012-17). His teams posted a combined record of 298-130-16-13 (.684), including a CHL-record four consecutive 50-win seasons with Erie, and Knoblauch was at the helm for a WHL championship in 2011 and an OHL title in 2017.

A native of Imperial, Sask., Knobluach served as an assistant coach with Prince Albert (2006-07) and Kootenay (2007-10) in the WHL before becoming a head coach. He has also coached internationally, most notably helping Canada to a silver medal as an assistant at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Knoblauch was drafted by the New York Islanders in 1997 and spent three seasons playing in the WHL with Red Deer, Edmonton/Kootenay and Lethbridge. He later spent five seasons at the University of Alberta, winning a national championship in 2000.