BOSTON, MA – The Boston Bruins announced on Tuesday that they have promoted Providence Bruins Head Coach Kevin Dean to assistant coach with the NHL’s Boston Bruins.
Dean coached the Providence Bruins for one year during the 2016-17 campaign with a regular-season record of 43-23-6-4 where they finished fourth in the AHL Atlantic Division, earning a spot in the Calder Cup playoffs. Providenceeliminated the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins in the Atlantic Division Semifinals, then the Hershey Bears in the Atlantic Division Finals. Dean led his team to the Eastern Conference Finals where they were eventually eliminated by the Syracuse Crunch in five games.
Dean served as assistant coach with the Providence Bruins for five years from 2011-16 with current head coach of the Boston Bruins Bruce Cassidy. During his five years as an assistant coach, the Bruins made the Calder Cup Playoffs four out of five years, missing the postseason only during the 2011-12 campaign.
Dean began his coaching career in the New Jersey Devils organization, serving five years as an assistant coach with the Lowell Devils in the AHL and head coach of the Trenton Devils in the ECHL.
During his playing career, Dean appeared in 331 games in the NHL with Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta and New Jersey, winning a Stanley Cup in 1994-95 with the Devils. He also played for the Utica Devils and Albany River Rats in the AHL as well as the Cincinnati Cyclones in the ECHL.
Before playing professional hockey, Dean played four years in the NCAA Hockey East Conference with the University of New Hampshire Wildcats.