With the departure of David Quinn (who will be taking on assistant coaching duties for the Avalanche), a new head coach was needed for Colorado's AHL affiliate. The Lake Erie Monsters filled that spot by bringing in Dean Chynoweth to lead the team.
Chynoweth comes to the Avalanche organization after serving as an assistant coach to the New York Islanders (2009-12) and head coach in the Western Hockey League to the Swift Current Broncos (2004-09) and Seattle Thunderbirds (2000-04). The Avs (sort of) continue to stay within the family—or at least within the city—as Chynoweth once served as assistant coach to the Utah Grizzlies of the IHL. As you'll recall, the Grizzlies were once located in Denver.
"Dean has an extensive coaching background at all levels," said Avalanche Vice President of Player Development Craig Billington. "He brings a wealth of knowledge and we are confident he will be a great asset for our players. We are proud to have Dean join the Avalanche organization."
Per the Monsters' press release,
A defenseman, Chynoweth was selected 13th overall by the New York Islanders in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft. He went on to play parts of nine seasons in the NHL, recording a total of four goals, 18 assists and 667 penalty minutes in 241 games. Chynoweth played for both the Islanders (1988-96) and the Boston Bruins (1996-98). He also spent time in the AHL and IHL during his professional career.
Chynoweth is the third head coach of the Monsters, with both previous coaches—Joe Sacco and Quinn—now working with the Avalanche in Denver.