Evason, Drulia Sign Contract Extensions
Milwaukee, WI—Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that Milwaukee Admirals Head Coach Dean Evason and Assistant Coach Stan Drulia have each signed contract extensions that will keep them in Milwaukee through the 2014-15 season. In addition, Frank Jury has been hired as the Admirals Assistant Equipment Manager.
Last year was Evason’s first as Admirals bench boss and he guided the team to a 41-28-4-3 record, a second place finish in the Midwest Division and a berth in the Calder Cup Playoffs. It was an AHL record 10th straight season that the Ads had accumulated 40 or more wins and the 11th consecutive year that they have qualified for the post-season.
In addition, Evason saw 12 players skate for both the Admirals and Predators last year, including Taylor Beck, Victor Bartley, Austin Watson, Daniel Bang, and Kevin Henderson who all made their NHL debuts.
Evason became the 20th head coach in Admirals history when he was hired on June 19, 2012, He had spent the previous seven seasons as an assistant coach with the Washington Capitals, helping them claim four straight Southeast Division titles, reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs five consecutive years (2008-12) and win the 2010 President’s Trophy.
The 2012-13 campaign was the first full year for Drulia with the Admirals, after he joined the team in November of 2011 as Ian Herbers top assistant. In his role as assistant, Drulia runs the defensive corps, and is in charge of pre-scouting opponents, the penalty kill, and face-offs.
Prior to arriving in Milwaukee, Drulia served as head coach for the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers, compiling a 49-35-5 record. During his last full season with the Nailers in 2010-11, the Elmira, N.Y., native led the club to a 38-29-5 record and a spot in the Eastern Conference Finals. Eighteen players from the squad saw promotions to the American Hockey League during the course of the season.
Drulia spent four seasons in Port Huron from 2006-10, one with the United Hockey League’s Flags, and three with the International Hockey League’s Icehawks. In his three seasons at the IHL level, Drulia amassed a 132-75-21 record. In 2007-08, he guided the team to a 41-29-6 record, then to the Turner Cup Finals where they fell in a game seven overtime. In 2008-09, Drulia led Port Huron to a 44-21-11 mark and was selected IHL Coach of the Year.
Jury will assist Head Equipment Manager Dave Randolph, who returns for his 10th season with the team. In addition, Head Trainer Doug Agnew is back for his 25th year with the club.
The Admirals will kick off the home portion of their schedule on Saturday, October 19 at 7 pm. The remainder of the schedule will be released later this summer. Season tickets for 2013-14 are on sale now for as little as $180. For more information or to order season tickets fans should call (414) 227-0550.
In addition, the Admirals are offering a special offer for groups for opening night. Groups of 10 or more that book their tickets with a $100 deposit before July 26 will get their seats for 1/2 price!
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