Kowalsky named assistant coach for New Jersey Devils

Rick Kowalsky, a 2017 inductee into the ECHL Hall of Fame, has been named an assistant coach for the National Hockey League's New Jersey Devils.

Kowalsky, 46, just completed his eighth season as head coach of the Devils' American Hockey League affiliate (Albany, 2010-17 and Binghamton, 2017-18). He led the franchise to back-to-back playoff berths in 2015-16 and 2016-17. In 2015-16, the club had its most successful season to date, with 46 wins and 102 points, earning him the AHL Coach of the Year Award. Over his AHL coaching career, he has a record of 281 wins, 249 losses and 82 overtime/shootout losses in 612 games.

Kowalsky began his head coaching career in the ECHL during the 2006-07 season. He served four seasons as head coach of the Trenton Devils, where he received the 2009 John Brophy Award as the league's Coach of the Year.

As a right wing, his professional playing career spanned 12 seasons with six teams, spending time both the AHL and ECHL. While in the ECHL, he captained the Trenton Titans to the 2005 Kelly Cup championship in his final season as a player. Kowalsky participated in the 1995 and 2003 ECHL All-Star Games, serving as the North team captain in 2003. Over the course of his ECHL playing career, Kowalsky totaled 221 goals and 329 assists for 550 points and 979 penalty minutes in 516 career regular-season games with Hampton Roads, Trenton and Roanoke. He was inducted into the ECHL Hall of Fame in January 2017.