I spoke to new Trenton Devils head coach Kevin Dean for about ten minutes on the phone today — thanks to Dan D’Uva and Jim Leahy for setting that up, by the way — for a story you’ll see in Friday’s Trentonian.
Kevin seems like a pretty good guy, he should be fun to cover this season. I’ll put my leftover quotes on here on Friday or Saturday…but I will say that he’s excited to get an opportunity to become a head coach and certainly doesn’t view it as a step back given the fact he’d been an assistant coach at Lowell for the past few seasons; I believe he called it a “logical progression.”
Dean himself, and I didn’t know this before we spoke, came through the ECHL…and he went on to win the Calder Cup and the Stanley Cup in the same season. So having someone like him at the reigns of the T-Devils might be a bit of motivational factor for some of these guys, considering how difficult it is to get out of that league; no less make it all the way to the NHL.
Vince Williams will remain as an assistant coach in Trenton; Dean said he had not previously worked with Vinny but was looking forward to the opportunity to do so.
In any event, stay tuned for the story and all the extra stuff…
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com