By: Erin Walsh
Boston Bruins GM Don Sweeney announced today, June 13, that they have hired Kevin Dean as an assistant coach of the Boston Bruins. Dean is 48 years old and is from Madison, Wisconsin. He spent five seasons with the New Jersey Devils Organization working both for the Lowell Devils and Trenton Devils. Kevin Dean has been a hockey player for most of his life. He played for the University of New Hampshire where he recorded 14 goals and 36 assists for 50 points in 131 games. After his college career, Dean was drafted 86th overall in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft by the New Jersey Devils. During his time in the NHL he played for New Jersey, Chicago, Dallas and Atlanta. He won a Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils in 1994-95.
Kevin Dean spent five seasons with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League. During his time with the Providence Bruins, the baby B’s record was 207-128-45. The Providence Bruins managed to have winning seasons every year that Dean was behind the bench and made it to the playoffs four times, failing to do so only once in the 2011-12 season.
Dean became the head coach of the Providence Bruins this past season and led the team to a 43-23-6 record with 96 points. The team made it all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals of the Calder Cup Playoffs where they beat the Wilkes Barre Scranton Penguins 3-2 in the first round, the Hershey Bears 4-3 in the second round, and lost to the Syracuse Crunch in the third round 4-1. This was the first Eastern Conference Finals appearance for the Providence Bruins since 2009.
This was a great move made by Bruins GM Don Sweeney. Dean has been able to coach all the Bruins youngsters and he knows them very well. During the 2017-18 season, Dean will be able to help the young guys with their transition to the NHL since he knows their style of play well. He will be able to offer some more insight to head coach Bruce Cassidy about the players strong points and weaknesses that need to be worked on. The tandem of Cassidy and Dean will work to the Bruins advantage this coming season. We should expect to see young guys have a smooth transition to the NHL and we should see the Bruins have a better season altogether. Cassidy and Dean will coach this team to the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, there is no doubt in my mind.