The Simcoe Reformer
Former Peterborough Petes defenceman and Fleming College sporting goods marketing student Geordie Kinnear has been named the head coach of the new Florida Panthers American Hockey League team in Springfield, Mass.
Following 13 years as an associate coach with both the AHL’s Albany River Rats and Charlotte Checkers, the 42-year-old Delhi, Ont. was named head coach of the Florida Panthers AHL affiliate in Springfield on Wednesday.
“I’ve always been someone that puts their nose to the grindstone and believes hard work evolves into something,” Kinnear said. “The timing was right at this point and I’m just glad to be part of the Florida Panthers organization.”
Kinnear spent the last six seasons in Charlotte, and seven prior to that in the same position with Albany, a team he competed with for much of an eight-year playing career. He’ll take over a team that has yet to be given a name by ownership.
“I’m never satisfied,” he said. “My mentality is, now I have a challenge and it’s just an opportunity, I have to make the best of it.”
The Delhi District Secondary School grad said his new role won’t alter the way he communicates with players or approaches the game.
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