Pellerin to lead Sound Tigers

The New York Islanders announced today that Scott Pellerin has been named head coach of their American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Pellerin, 42, has served as the assistant coach of the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs for the past six seasons. Through his time with the Monarchs, Pellerin helped guide the team to a 253-173-21-29 regular-season record and five postseason appearances. During the 2006-07 season, Pellerin assisted in leading Manchester to a franchise record in wins (51) and points (110). That same season, the Monarchs made it to the Calder Cup Eastern Conference Finals. Pellerin was also a part of the Monarchs team that made it to the Calder Cup Eastern Conference Finals in 2010.

“Scott brings tremendous experience to the Sound Tigers from not only coaching, but also his playing career,” Islanders general manager Garth Snow said. “Over the past six seasons with the Manchester Monarchs, he has developed numerous prospects into everyday NHL players, including current Islander Matt Moulson. We look forward to seeing that continuing trend with our young prospects.”

A native of Shediac, N.B., Pellerin played in a combined 864 professional games during his 13-year playing career that spanned from 1992-2004. Over that time, he collected 72 goals, 126 assists and 198 points in 536 NHL games with the New Jersey Devils, St. Louis Blues, Minnesota Wild, Carolina Hurricanes, Boston Bruins, Dallas Stars and Phoenix Coyotes.

“I’m thrilled with the opportunity Charles Wang and Garth Snow have given me as head coach of the Sound Tigers,” Pellerin said. “I look forward to working closely with Jack Capuano, while at the same time developing the young prospects within the organization into everyday NHL players.”

Pellerin was a member of the 1995 Calder Cup champion Albany River Rats. He totaled 304 points (120 goals, 184 assists) in 328 career AHL games with the River Rats, Utica Devils, Worcester IceCats and Portland Pirates.

A graduate of the University of Maine, Pellerin won the Hobey Baker Award as the nation’s top college player in 1992. He was the Devils’ third round selection (47th overall) in the 1989 NHL Draft.