The Belleville Senators have named their new head coach, tapping a veteran bench boss with plenty of AHL experience.
Troy Mann will take over for Kurt Kleinendorst whose contract wasn’t renewed at the end of the 2017/18 season.
Mann, a 48-year-old native of Campbellton New Brunswick, has spent the past four seasons as the head coach of the Hershey Bears, the AHL affiliate of the Washington Capitals, compiling a 162-102-22-18 record over 304 regular season games.
While the Bears missed the AHL playoffs last season, they made it to at least the second round in the three previous seasons, with one trip to the Calder Cup finals in 2016.
Mann’s coaching resume also includes a four season stint as an assistant with Hershey, including a Calder Cup victory in 2010, as well as head coaching jobs with the ECHL Bakersfield Condors and the ECHL Columbia Inferno.
As a player, Mann skated in 530 pro games over 10 seasons, with clubs in the ECHL, UHL, CHL and in Sweden.
He also spent four seasons playing for the University of Toronto Varsity Blues.