Allison hired for AHL gig
A former Borderland Thunder head coach has landed on his feet in the Windy City.
Dave Allison, who led the Thunder to the Superior International Junior Hockey League championship in 2003, was recently hired as one of two assistant coaches brought on board by the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves for the upcoming season.
That will mean familiar people to answer to at the big-league level for Allison, who coached last season with last year’s Blues affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen. The Rivermen finished with a 33-35-3-5 record and placed fifth in the AHL’s Midwest Division, missing the playoffs.
Earlier this year, the Rivermen were sold to the Vancouver Canucks, who had been the Wolves’ parent club the past two seasons.
The Canucks announced a month later they would not be bringing back the Rivermen and instead would be relocating the franchise to Utica, N.Y. for the upcoming AHL season.
The Wolves and the Blues then signed a three-year affiliation agreement this spring, while Peoria joined the Southern Professional Hockey League.
Allison, who coached the NHL’s Ottawa Senators to a 2-22-3 record at the end of the 1995-96 season, has previously coached in the AHL with the Prince Edward Island Senators, the Grand Rapids Griffins and the Iowa Stars.