Meet The Dean

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


7 Responses to “Meet The Dean”

  1. Shtikl Says:

    I hope this is the start of a great new media relationship for the Dweebles!

    GOOD work!

  2. chiarams Says:

    It’s pretty sad we think that a 10 minute interview between an ECHL coach and the only legitimate media guy covering Trenton hockey is a “start of a great new media relationship”

    I’m sure Dean’s a great guy – I just don’t have any faith in anyone that has been any part of the Devils minor league system for more than 10 minutes.

  3. Shtikl Says:

    Yeah, it’s kinda sad, but be grateful Ash is persistent and motivated, and Dan D’Uva hasn’t been ordered to say nothing. You think YOUSE got it bad? Go check out the news about the AHL Albany Dweebles — — *their* reporters have been dying for news and getting zippo! I didn’t think they could possibly get off to a slower start than the one they made in Low Hell four years ago, but they’ve beaten that by a huge margin so far.

    But what matters is what happens when the skates hit the ice, and maybe that will be good this year.

  4. chiarams Says:

    Yeah – the Albany situation is entertaining. But the Devils have a built in excuse in Kovalchuk and can blame any silence on the fact that they were spending all their time on that issue.

    If I were an Albany fan, I’d be most scared by Kowalsky’s quote that he will be using a lot of Trenton guys as a nucleus for a team there.

    Not sure who from Trenton has the talent to be part of any AHL nucleus, but what do I know…

  5. Shtikl Says:

    Owwwwwww, that *is* scary — except guys like Frazee and Magnan and Cohen did time in Trenton 😉 for whatever that’s worth.

    Then again, there’s the whole AHL schedule — they have to wait until the NBA schedule is out (Houston and San Antonio play in NBA barns), which means the fans won’t know the full schedule until August 22???

  6. chiarams Says:

    Don’t forget Charlotte too.

    Can’t kill them for the AHL’s ineptitude in getting a schedule out. I always preferred the ECHL’s creating a schedule, then revising it once they had to work around Charlotte’s NBA schedule.

    Cohen is already gone. If they want to build an AHL team around Magnan and Frazee, then I’m utterly terrified of what will filter down to Trenton.

    Actually – I’m not terrified – I’m sorta giddy over it. Nothing would make me happier than to see a 15-50-7 record with a 1,400 average at the gate.

  7. Jon Says:

    2 other arenas also house both an AHL and an NBA team – Cleveland and Milwaukee.

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