July 18, 2012

Maine alum Pellerin named head coach of Sound Tigers

By Jesse Connolly

After promoting Brent Thompson to an assistant coach with their NHL club, the Islanders had a void to fill on the farm. They did just that Wednesday, naming Scott Pellerin the new head coach of their AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. 

Scott Pellerin takes over in Bridgeport after six years as an assistant in Manchester. (Getty Images)

Pellerin, 42, had spent the last six seasons as an assistant coach for the Manchester Monarchs, where he received high praise for helping develop a number of players for this year’s Stanley Cup champions, the Los Angeles Kings.

“I am very excited about this opportunity that the New York Islanders have given me to become the new Head Coach of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers,” said Pellerin. “I have had a great experience with the Manchester Monarchs and the whole Los Angeles Kings organization for the last six years. I have developed so much professionally with such a great group in Manchester starting with Mark Morris, who gave me the opportunity and who I have learned so much from. 

“I want to thank Dean Lombardi and Ron Hextall for supporting me throughout and who continue to support me in taking the next step of my coaching career. I would also like to thank the Monarchs front office and their fans for all their support and memories throughout my tenure in Manchester.”

During a 13-year, NHL playing career from 1992-2004, Pellerin skated in 536 NHL games. He racked up 198 points for the Devils, Blues, Wild, Hurricanes, Stars, Coyotes and Bruins – for whom he played 35 games during the 2001-02 campaign.

Prior to joining the pro ranks, Pellerin was a star at the University of Maine. He won the Hobey Baker Award for the 1991-92 season. Islanders GM Garth Snow (Wrentham, Mass.) was a teammate of his at the school for two seasons.

“Scott brings tremendous experience to the Sound Tigers from not only coaching, but also his playing career,” Snow said.  “Over the past six seasons with the Manchester Monarchs, he has developed numerous prospects into everyday NHL players, including current Islander Matt Moulson. We look forward to seeing that continuing trend with our young prospects.”

Jesse Connolly can be reached at jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseNEHJ.