The Tri-City Americans announced today that the club has named Brian Pellerin as the team's new associate coach for the upcoming 2014-15 season.
Pellerin, a native of Hinton, Alberta, joins the Americans after serving as the Head Coach of the Midget Prep team at the Okanagan Hockey Academy for the past three seasons. After wrapping up a 12-year playing career, Pellerin got into coaching full-time in 2003-04 as an assistant with the Central Hockey League’s Amarillo Gorillas. The next season, he joined the Portland Winterhawks, serving as an assistant for four seasons, three of them working under current Tri-City head coach, Mike Williamson. Pellerin got his first head coaching job midway through the 2008-09 season, returning to Amarillo to take over the reins of the Gorillas. Then, following the 2009-10 campaign, Pellerin took an assistant coaching job with the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage.
As a player, Pellerin got his start with the WHL’s Prince Albert Raiders in 1987-88. He went on to appear in 243 WHL games over 4 seasons, all with the Raiders, totaling 75 goals, 150 points and 727 penalty minutes. As part of his 12-year playing career, Pellerin also played in 360 IHL games, including stops in Peoria, Houston and Chicago, as well as 169 WPHL games and 114 CHL games. Pellerin also spent 2 season playing overseas with Bracknell of the British Ice Hockey Superleague.
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