Hockey season is right around the corner.
And today, the Binghamton Senators introduced its new head coach.
The team has signed 49 year old Kurt Kleinendorst to a two year contract.
Kleinendorst coached the USA Hockey National Team Development Program's under-18 team, leading it to a to gold medal at the 2010 IIHF U-18 World Hockey Championship held in Belarus.
He also coached Lowell of the American Hockey League from 2006 to 2009.
Both he, and the team, hope his experience will help develop a very young Binghamton Senators team.
"There's veteran players I'm sure that will come our way that can benefit from the approach how and what it means to be a true pro so that's the approach I take. Every single day, we'll talk about what it takes and what it means to be the best pro you can possibly be," he says.
"We wanted a guy that could teach. Kids, they're all prospects but they still have a lot to learn. A lot of guys are turning pro this year...first year pro guys, we needed a guy that can teach, that knows the game inside and out and he certainly does," says Senators' Assistant General Manager Tim Murray.
Kleinendorst called coaching the Senators a golden opportunity, saying he couldn't wait to get back to coaching pro hockey.
He replaces former coach Don Nachbaur resigned from the team in June, citing personal reasons.