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Devils Hire Mark Dennehy As B Devils New Coach

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Binghamton, N.Y. - The New Jersey Devils hired Mark Dennehy as the Binghamton Devils head coach. New Jersey Devils General Manager Ray Shero and Binghamton Devils General Manager Tom Fitzgerald made the announcement Wednesday afternoon.

The Former Merrimack College coach had accepted the position this summer in Wheeling (ECHL) as the Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations, for the Pittsburgh Penguins affiliate. Therefore, The Pittsburgh Penguins organization gave the Devils permission to interview the Massachusetts Native.

“I want to thank Jim Rutherford, Bill Guerin, the Penguins’ organization and the Wheeling Nailers ownership group for the opportunity to speak with Mark on this position,” said Fitzgerald.

"His experience will help him connect with players coming from the collegiate and junior hockey levels.  Mark is extremely excited for a new challenge and to take the next step in his coaching career.”

The 50 year old spent 13 seasons with Merrimack, earning 161 wins. Dennehy turned the losing program into a 25-win team by 2011, leading the team to the most successful season in program history. Dennehy won the Bob Kullen Coach of the Year Award as the conference's top coach.

Dennehy replaces Rick Kowalsky, who coached New Jersey's AHL team the past eight seasons. Kowalsky was promoted to be an assistant coach for the New Jersey Devils, on July 23rd.

In their first season here in Binghamton, the Devils posted a 25-38-13 record.

Dennehy is scheduled for a conference call tomorrow afternoon. Hear what he has to say tomorrow at 6 p.m.