(Belleville Senators Chief Operating Officer Rob Mullowney (L) with new coach Troy Mann. (Photo: Jack Miller Quintenews)
Troy Mann believes the best way to develop players is through winning. And that will be music to the ears of fans of the Belleville Senators. And he has the winning resume to prove it.
The 48 year old Campbellton New Brunswick native was introduced as the second coach in B-Sens history. He was named coach in June. Mann succeeds Kurt Kleinendorst who’s contract was not renewed at the end of Belleville’s inaugural season in the American Hockey League.
Mann’s coaching career began in 2004 as a Player-Assistant with the Topeka Tarantula’s of the Central Hockey League. He joins Belleville after 4 years as head coach of the storied Hershey Bears which is the primary affiliate of the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals. He led Hershey to the Calder Cup final in 2016.
While Mann is a Canadian and graduate of the University of Toronto he has never played for or coached a Canadian based team. That was one of the topics covered during an interview with Quinte Broadcasting Sports Director Jack Miller.
Troy Mann expects to name his new assistant coach this week.
The Belleville Senators will begin their second season in the American Hockey League on October 6th in Utica. They will host the Laval Rocket (Montreal Canadiens) for two pre season games September 28th and 29th at the Yardmen Arena.