Wildcats name new Head Coach

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Darren Rumble will be the bench boss of the Moncton WIldcats when they open the 2013-14 season in September. The former NHL player was introduced as the new head coach at a press conference today in Moncton.

The well-travelled coach will try to make a home in Moncton, after holding assistant and head coaching positions in the American Hockey League, assisting with the Seattle Thunderbirds in the Western Hockey League and a season as an assistant with the Lewiston Maineiacs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

The retired defenceman spent the majority of his career in the AHL, but saw action with the Philadelphia Flyers, Ottawa Senators, St. Louis Blues and Tampa Bay Lightning throughout his playing days.

Rumble’s coaching career began in the 2004-05 season in the AHL as an assistant coach with the Springfield Falcons, where he spent three seasons before taking the same position with the Norfolk Admirals. In 2008, Rumble was handed the reins of the Admirals taking over head coaching duties for the next two seasons.

The Maineiacs brought Rumble back to the Canadian Hockey League for the first time since the late 80s, where he was a player for the Kitchener Rangers for the Ontario Hockey League. After his season as an assistant coach with the Maineiacs, the Seattle Thunderbirds named him one of their assistant coaches for the 2012-13 season to complete his tour through the CHL leagues.

According to the Wildcats website, the 44-year-old was asked about his coaching style and said development is key.

“I firmly believe in player development and using everyone on the roster. To win a championship you need 4 lines, 6 defenseman and 2 goalies that you can have trust in when you put them on the ice,” he noted. The website also states Rumble will begin working to fill out his coaching staff in the coming days.

Rumble’s tenure in Moncton will be overseen by Danny Flynn, Director of Hockey Operations, who was dismissed as head coach of the club three days after the team was eliminated from the first round of the QMJHL playoffs by the Victoriaville Tigers this past spring. Flynn compiled a 222-141-47 record in 410 games as head coach and was given a boost from the organization in June when he received a three-year extension to remain on board as the Director of Hockey Operations through the 2015-16 season.

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