Scott Allen (ice hockey)

Scott Allen (born April 6, 1966 in New Bedford, Massachusetts) is a retired professional ice hockey center and a former assistant coach of the New York Islanders and Arizona Coyotes of the National Hockey League. He is currently serving as the assistant coach of the Hershey Bears in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Scott Allen
Born (1966-04-06) April 6, 1966 (age 53)
New Bedford, Massachusetts, U.S.
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Center
Shot Left
Played for Troy Sabres
Carolina Thunderbirds
Winston-Salem Thunderbirds
Erie Panthers
Greensboro Monarchs
Cincinnati Cyclones
Flint Bulldogs
Utica Bulldogs
Fort Worth Fire
Johnstown Chiefs
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1986–1997

Playing careerEdit

Allen started his career with the Troy Sabres of the All-American Hockey League in 1986. He was then traded to the Carolina Thunderbirds during the 1986–87 season. Allen stayed with the team for four seasons as they made their move from the AAHL to the ECHL and changed their name from the Carolina Thunderbirds to the Winston-Salem Thunderbirds. During the 1988–89 ECHL season, Allen played slightly under fourteen minutes as a goaltender for the Carolina Thunderbirds, giving up 3 goals on 10 shots. GAA of 13.26 with a save percentage of .700.[1]

Allen was traded to the Erie Panthers at the beginning of the 1989–90 season and finished the season as a member of the Greensboro Monarchs. Allen won consecutive Riley Cups as a member of the Thunderbirds in 1989 and as a member of the Monarchs in 1990.[2] Allen would play six games for the Cincinnati Cyclones during the 1990–91 season before leaving for the Colonial Hockey League in 1991–92. Allen would retire from hockey in 1996.

Coaching careerEdit

Allen joined the Johnstown Chiefs as an assistant to head coach Nick Fotiu prior to the 1996–97 ECHL season. The team went 24–39–0–7 in Allen's first year as an assistant coach. Fotiu and Allen returned to the Chiefs' bench for the 1997–98 season. The Chiefs started their season 4–20–6 (.233), and Fotiu was fired from the team after 30 games. Allen assumed the duties as head coach for the remainder of the season, where the team showed improvement by going 17–21–2 (.450) over the last 40 games. The Chiefs went 27–34–0–9 in 1998–99 matching the previous season's win percentage of .450. The 1999–00 season was the start of a three-year run where the Chiefs advanced deep into the playoffs. The Chiefs advanced to the conference semi-finals in both 2000 and 2002, and made the ECHL conference quarterfinals in 2001. Allen then left the ECHL to take an assistant coach's position with the AHL's San Antonio Rampage. Allen then accepted assistant coach positions in Omaha, Lowell and Quad City after leaving the Rampage.

On July 20, 2009, Allen was named as an assistant coach to head coach Scott Gordon of the New York Islanders.[2] Gordon, like Allen, had played in the ECHL as a member of the Johnstown Chiefs. On April 16, 2012, Allen was let go from his assistant coaching position by the New York Islanders.

In the 2013–14 season, he was an assistant coach for the AHL Chicago Wolves. He returned as an assistant coach to the AHL's San Antonio Rampage for the 2014–15 season. Following the Florida Panthers affiliate switch to the Portland Pirates, Allen began the season in an assistant role for 2015–16. On January 1, 2016, Allen was announced as the Pirates Head Coach mid-season, as Tom Rowe accepted a promotion within the Panthers organization.[3] On June 7, 2016, Allen was named Assistant Coach of the Florida Panthers in the NHL. On July 26, 2017, Allen was named Assistant Coach with the Arizona Coyotes in the NHL.[4] After leading the Coyotes to the best penalty killing percentage (tie)[5] and the 5th lowest goals against average in the entire NHL (tie),[6] Allen was fired by the Coyotes after the 2018-2019 season[7] and hired as an assistant coach for the Hershey Bears of the AHL in August 2019.[8]

AwardsEdit

  • 1988–89, Riley Cup winner (Carolina Thunderbirds)
  • 1989–90, Riley Cup winner (Greensboro Monarchs)

PersonalEdit

Allen has a wife, Traci, and 2 daughters, Mackenzie and Camryn

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ HockeyDB.com: 1988–89 Carolina Thunderbirds statistics
  2. ^ a b "NHL.com: Scott Allen (Assistant Coach)". National Hockey League. 2009-07-24. Retrieved 2009-07-28.
  3. ^ "Scott Allen to take over head coaching duties". Portland Pirates. 2016-01-02. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
  4. ^ "Allen Brings Coaching Experience to Coyotes". NHL.com. Retrieved 2019-10-03.
  5. ^ "2018-19 NHL Hockey Stats and League Leaders - Special Teams - National Hockey League - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2019-10-03.
  6. ^ "2018-19 NHL Hockey Stats and League Leaders - Scoring - National Hockey League - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2019-10-03.
  7. ^ Morgan, Craig. "Scott Allen will not return as Coyotes assistant coach". The Athletic. Retrieved 2019-10-03.
  8. ^ "Hershey makes pair of coaching changes as Scott Allen and Jared Elenberger join Bears' coaching staff". russianmachineneverbreaks.com. 2019-08-30. Retrieved 2019-10-03.

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