Former ECHL Player Booth Named Prairie Thunder Coach

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The Bloomington Prairie Thunder of the United Hockey League has named former ECHL player Derek Booth as head coach and director of hockey operations.

Booth was named Coach of the Year by the Southern Professional Hockey League in 2004-05.

In his first professional season in 1991-92, Booth scored 20 points (3g-17a) in 20 games with Toledo in the ECHL and 13 points (2g-11a) in 35 games with Phoenix of the International Hockey League. Booth played in the ECHL from 1991-2003 with Toledo, South Carolina and Peoria, finishing with 623 penalty minutes and 177 points (44g-133a) in 268 ECHL regular season games. He scored 31 points (12g-19a) and had 105 penalty minutes in 37 ECHL playoff games and in 1992-93 helped Toledo win the Riley Cup.