Kowalsky named Devils assistant coach

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Do you remember Hounds captain Rick Kowalsky?

Now he has a job in the National Hockey League!

It was announced on Monday that the National Hockey League’s New Jersey Devils have named 46 year old Rick Kowalsky as their new assistant coach.

Kowalsky, who played with the Soo Greyhounds from 1989-1993, helped the Hounds win back to back J. Ross Robertson Cup titles in 1991 and 1992, before helping the Hounds win their first and only Memorial Cup title in 1993.

1993 was also the year he wore the “C” for the Hounds.

The Simcoe, Ontario native spent the last eight seasons as head coach of the American Hockey League’s Albany/Binghampton Devils.

In 2016, Kowalsky was the recipient of the Louis A. R. Pieri Award for the American Hockey League’s coach of the year.

Kowalsky, who was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the 10th round (227th overall) in 1992, did not play a single game in the National Hockey League, but played professional hockey from 1993-2005, splitting time in the AHL and the ECHL.

In his final season as a hockey player in 2004-2005, Kowalsky helped ECHL’s Trenton Titans capture their first and only Kelly Cup title.

Kowalsky was inducted into the ECHL Hall of Fame in 2017.