Islanders name Hulton as new head coach

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The Charlottetown Islanders have named Jim Hulton as its new head coach, the team announced today.

Hulton, 46, previously coached the Tri-City Storm of the United States Hockey League (USHL) for the last two seasons. The Kingston, Ont., native had a combined 54-51 record with a .514 winning percentage. This past season, Hulton coached the Storm to a 37-17-6 finish and was named USHL General Manager of the Year in 2015.

In a team press release, Islanders General Manager Grant Sonier said the team went through a long process of narrowing down the candidates.

“Jim brings with him an impressive resume and experience at all levels. He is a motivator, a teacher, and a guy that we think can bring this team to the next level.”

In the same release, Hulton said he is thrilled to be heading to Charlottetown.

“It is a team that is full of high quality talent, which includes several NHL draft picks and is coming off a very successful year. When I interviewed with Grant for the first time it felt like a natural conversation; combining that and my history with Assistant Coach Connor Cameron it felt like a really good fit.”

Hulton has spent time in the major junior NHL ranks as an assistant and head coach. He was an assistant coach with the North Bay Centennials in 1997-98 before becoming the head coach of the Mississauga IceDogs from 1999 to 2000. From 2000 to 2003 he was the head coach of the Belleville Bulls and then the Kingston Frontenacs from 2003 to 2006. He served as a co-coach with the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors in 2007-08, before joining the NHL’s Florida Panthers as an assistant coach from 2008 to 2011.

“We want to be a team that is difficult to play against every night. We want to be an exciting team that Islanders will love to watch, but other teams will hate to play against,” added Hulton in the press release.

Sonier said Hulton will demand a lot from his players.

“He demands a locker room that shows up to compete every night, and to get better with every practice. He is an extremely organized individual who dedicates a tremendous amount of time on his craft of being a head coach,” continued Sonier.

The Islanders will be holding a press conference on Thursday July 2, at 10 a.m. ADT to officially introduce Hulton as the team’s new head coach.

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