HARTFORD, CT – Today, the New York Rangers announced that Ken Gernander was released as head coach of the Hartford Wolf Pack, and Chris Drury was named general manager.
Gernander, has been with the organization as a player/coach since 1994. After finishing his playing career in 2005, Gernander joined the Wolf Pack coaching staff as an assistant coach before being promoted to head coach in 2007. During his 10 seasons, he went 388-304-84, and made five playoff appearances. His 388 wins on the Wolfpack bench leave him as the sixth winningest coach in American Hockey League history.
Drury, who will be taking over as general manager, was the assistant general manager of the New York Rangers last season. He was also the team’s director of player development during the 2015-16 season.
With today’s news, Jim Schoenfeld has given up his duties as GM of Hartford, and will now focus on the Rangers where he currently resides as senior vice president and assistant general manager of the team.
The Wolf Pack haven’t made the playoffs since 2014-15 and this past season, the team had their worst season under Gernader going 24-46-0-6, last overall in the AHL.