By Mike Ashmore
For The Trentonian
Kevin Dean has been through this before.
As a player, Dean started his professional career in the American Hockey League before being sent down to the ECHL to improve his game.
But after a 30 game stint with the Cincinnati Cyclones during the 1991-92 season, the defensive-first defenseman made it back to the highest level of hockey’s minor league system and never looked back after a seven-year NHL career that culminated with winning a Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils in 1995.
Following his retirement Dean became a coach and joined the Devils AHL coaching staff in Lowell, where he’d been an assistant for the past four seasons. But with Rick Kowalsky promoted to the head coach position with the now-Albany Devils after four seasons at the helm in Trenton, a position was open in the capital city.