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Dean Chynoweth Fired As San Antonio Rampage Head Coach

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After four years coaching the Avalanche's AHL affiliates, Coach Dean has been fired.

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On Tuesday, at 12:35 PM Mountain Time, San Antonio Rampage Head Coach Dean Chynoweth was relieved of his duties. Colorado's primary development affiliate finished last in the AHL's Pacific Division this season despite a torrid start, missing the playoffs for the fifth straight season.

Chynoweth was named head coach on July 26th, 2012, a year before the arrival of the current Joe Sakic-Patrick Roy regime. Many of the Avalanche's top prospects skipped the level entirely, but those who were assigned to the AHL often failed to develop, a more likely cause for dismissal than the team record.

A ten-year NHL defenseman for Boston and the New York Islanders, Chynoweth posted 22 points, seven of which came during the 1995-96 season during a 35-game stint with the Bruins. He came up through the coaching ranks in the WHL, with both the Seattle Thunderbirds and the Swift Current Broncos. He also served briefly as an assistant with the Islanders.

More as it becomes available.

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