This is the 22nd in a series of biographies on the head coaches of the 25 teams in the ECHL in 2006-07.
ECHL.com will post a different coach’s biography each day.
Rick Kowalsky was named head coach of the Trenton Titans on May 8, 2006, becoming the eighth coach in the organization’s seven-year history.
The 34-year-old returns to Trenton after spending one season as an assistant coach for former Titans head coach Mike Haviland with the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League. The Admirals finished 43-29-4-4 and set a team record with 94 points while tying the team record for wins.
Kowalsky was team captain when the Titans won the 2005 Kelly Cup championship in what was his 12th and final professional hockey season.
He was named to the ECHL All-Star Game in 1995 and again in 2003 when he was team captain for the North. Selected in the 10th round (227th overall) by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1992 National Hockey League Entry Draft, Kowalsky played in 797 games in the regular season and postseason recording 811 points (293g-518a) and 1,374 penalty minutes with Cornwall, Norfolk and Portland of the AHL and Hampton Roads, Roanoke and Trenton of the ECHL from 1993-2005.
Kowalsky also helped lead Sault Ste. Marie to back-to-back Ontario Hockey League Championships in 1991 and 1992 before captaining the Greyhounds to the Memorial Cup championship in 1993.