The Sea Dogs announced this morning that they have signed assistant coach Jeff Cowan to a two-year contract extension. The deal runs through the 2015-16 season and, as usual, no financial details were released.
Cowan joined the club this past November soon after the firing of head coach and general manager Mike Kelly. Cowan and Greg Leland acted as assistants to head coach Ross Yates.
From the Sea Dogs’ release:
He began his professional playing career with the American Hockey League's Saint John Flames, suiting up for 209 games over four seasons between 1996 and 2000.
The native of Scarborough, Ontario, spent parts of eight seasons in the National Hockey League with the Calgary Flames, Atlanta Thrashers, Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks, registering 47 goals and 81 points in 413 career games.
He also played three more seasons in the AHL, and another in Germany, before retiring in 2012.
"Jeff has been a great addition to our coaching staff," said Sea Dogs' President Wayne Long. "His NHL career speaks for itself, and we are fortunate to have someone like him behind the bench. Our players respect him and he will be an important part of our drive for a future championship."
Yates also signed a two-year extension with the team last month.