Senators tap Mann to lead Belleville

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The Ottawa Senators announced today that Troy Mann has been named head coach of the team’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Belleville Senators.

The contract is a two-year agreement and will run through the 2019-20 season.

“Troy is a talented, experienced head coach who has a track record of developing players,” said Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion. “Troy is a teacher and a winner. We feel that he’s a great fit for both Belleville and for our organization and will able to impart on our young players the values of leadership, character and chemistry that are so important to us.”

Mann, 48, spent the last four seasons as the head coach of the Hershey Bears, the AHL affiliate of the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals. While there, he coached nine members of this year’s Cup-winning Capitals team and led the Bears to two Atlantic Division titles and a trip to the 2016 Calder Cup Finals, posting a 162-102-22-18 record over 304 regular-season games.

Mann also served as an assistant coach with Hershey from 2009-13, helping the club to a Calder Cup championship in 2010.

A native of Campbellton, N.B., Mann has also served as an ECHL head coach in Bakersfield (2013-14) and Columbia (2006-08), as well as an associate head coach in ECHL Charlotte (2008-09).