Kurt Kleinendorst

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Kurt Kleinendorst
Born (1960-12-31) December 31, 1960 (age 53)
Grand Rapids, MN, USA
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Forward
Played for Tulsa Oilers
Salt Lake Golden Eagles
Toledo Goaldiggers
New Haven Nighthawks
Indianapolis Checkers
ECD Iserlohn
Utica Devils
Rotterdam Panda's
NHL Draft 77th overall, 1980
New York Rangers
Playing career 1983–1990

Kurt Kleinendorst (born December 31, 1960, in Grand Rapids, Minnesota) is the head coach of the Iowa Wild of the AHL. He previously coached the UAH Chargers NCAA Division I men's ice hockey program, the AHL's Binghamton Senators,[1] winning the Calder Cup in doing so, and has also coached the Under-18 team of the USA Hockey National Team Development Program and the Lowell Devils, the AHL affiliate of the New Jersey Devils. He also served as an assistant coach and later a scout for the Devils. He coached the UK Superleague team Manchester Storm for three seasons from 1997–1998 to 1999–2000. Kleinendorst played four seasons at Providence College and was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997. He is the younger brother of former NHL player Scot Kleinendorst.

Playing career[edit]

Kleinendorst played for Providence College for four years, from 1979–80 to 1982–83, for Lou Lamoriello.[2] He was selected in the fourth round (77th overall) of the 1980 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers, but never played in the NHL. He was a member of the Tulsa Oilers (CHL) team that suspended operations on February 16, 1984,[3] playing only road games for final six weeks of 1983-84 season. Despite this adversity, the team went on to win the Adams Cup.[4] In 1986-87 he played with Iserlohn (Germany) and Peliitat Heinola (Finland) teams, and then with the Rotterdam Pandas in the Netherlands during the 1987-88 season,[1] and continued to play minor league hockey through 1990.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

After his playing career, Kleinendorst was director of hockey operations and head coach for the Raleigh IceCaps of the East Coast Hockey League from 1991–1994, and again from 1995–1997. During the 1994–95 season he was the assistant coach and assistant general manager of the International Hockey League's San Diego Gulls. He was both general manager and head coach of the Manchester Storm of the UK Ice Hockey Superleague from 1997–98 to 1999–2000, where he was named Coach of the Year following the 1998–99 season.[1]

Kleinendorst joined the New Jersey Devils organization in 2000–01 as an assistant coach under Larry Robinson.[1] He was a scout for five years prior to assuming the head coaching position at organization's Lowell Devils AHL affiliate from 2006–07 to 2008–09.[1] On July 13, 2009, it was announced that former Devils star John MacLean would replace Kleinendorst as the head coach of Lowell.[5]

Kleinendorst was named head coach of USA Hockey National Team Development Program's Under-18 team for the 2010 season, leading the team to a Gold Medal at the 2010 IIHF World U18 Championships.[1] When interviewed about taking the position with USA Hockey, Kleinendorst stated "I could’ve stayed with New Jersey as a scout, but I had already done that. And when Jim Johannson called and asked me to think about this job, it was good timing [...] These are high-school age players and I remember what my high school coaches [at Grand Rapids] meant to me. I know that the Development Program is one of the best programs anywhere and I’m intrigued by working with this age group."[2] Kleinendorst had previously served as Team USA's assistant coach during the 2008 IIHF World Championship.[1]

On August 6, 2010, the Ottawa Senators signed Kleinendorst to a two-year contract as head coach for their AHL affiliate Binghamton Senators.[1] Kleinendorst replaced Don Nachbaur, who resigned as head coach following the 2009–10 season.[6]

On September 25, 2012, Kleinendorst was named head coach at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.[7] On May 29th, 2013, Kleinendorst resigned as coach and was succeeded by Mike Corbett.

He is currently the head coach of the Iowa Wild, the AHL affiliate of the NHL's Minnesota Wild. He is the first head coach in Iowa Wild franchise history.

Family[edit]

Kleinendorst and his wife, Deon, have four children: Ryan, Kollin, Kaitlyn, and Jake.[1] Their daughter Katie played lacrosse for North Andover High School and ice hockey for North American Hockey Academy in Stowe, Vermont. As of 2013 she is playing hockey at the University of New Hampshire for the New Hampshire Wildcats under a scholarship.[2][8]

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-ECAC Hockey Second Team 1981–82
All-ECAC Hockey First Team 1982–83
AHCA East All-American 1982–83

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Rieber Jr., Donald (August 6, 2010). "Kurt Kleinendorst is named as Binghamton's sixth head coach". Binghamton Examiner (NY). Binghamton Senators Examiner. Retrieved May 22, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d pates (August 20, 2009). "Guy Gosselin, Kurt Kleinendorst". Duluth News Tribune: Blogs (MN). Retrieved May 22, 2011. 
  3. ^ "1983-84 Tulsa Oilers [CHL] roster and player statistics at hockeydb.com". Retrieved May 22, 2011. 
  4. ^ Erdman, Corey (March 20, 2008). "The Tulsa Oilers were true road warriors". The Hockey News. Retrieved May 22, 2011. 
  5. ^ Rizzo, Joe (August 14, 2009). "AHL Lowell Devils and Hartford Wolf Pack (Rangers) to play twice at PruCenter". Newark Examiner (NJ). New Jersey Devils Examiner. Retrieved May 22, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Bulletin: Senators announce the resignation of Nachbaur as head coach of Binghamton". senators.nhl.com. June 22, 2010. Retrieved August 6, 2010. 
  7. ^ McCarter, Mark (2012-09-25). "Ex-NHL coach Kurt Kleinendorst named new hockey coach at UAH". The Huntsville Times. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  8. ^ "28 - Katie Kleinendorst". UNHWildcats.com. University of New Hampshire. Retrieved January 21, 2013. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Darren Eliot
ECAC Hockey Most Outstanding Player in Tournament
1981
Succeeded by
Mark Davidner