The Ottawa Senators announced today that Kurt Kleinendorst has signed a two-year contract to coach their AHL affiliate in Binghamton.
It’s a job he’s done before, with one great result.
From the release:
Kleinendorst, 55, returns to the city where he delivered the franchise’s only Calder Cup championship in 2011. In two years with the B-Sens, Kleindendorst posted a 71-70-8-7 regular season record and went 16-7 during the championship 2011 post-season. Assistant coach Steve Stirling has also agreed to return to the B-Sens coaching staff, reuniting the pair of coaches that led the team to the Calder Cup championship.
Kleinendorst jumped around a bit after leaving Binghamton in 2012. First he was the head coach of the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Then he was the head coach of the AHL’s Iowa Wild. Last year, he coached ERC Ingolstadt in Germany.
The Wild fired Kleinendorst just 12 games (and 10 losses) into the 2014-15 AHL season. He was replaced by John Torchetti.
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