Allison leaving Thunder for AHL

Borderland Thunder head coach Dave Allison will be behind the bench for the Iowa Stars next season as they make their debut in the American Hockey League.
The announcement was made Thursday at a press conference at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines by the Dallas Stars, which will be the team’s NHL affiliate.
“I think it’s great news. Davey deserves that,” Thunder general manager Brent Tookenay said Friday morning.
“He gave us 110 percent with the Thunder and helped our organization grow, and I think it’s great for him and his family,” Tookenay added. “I know he’s going to miss everyone around here, but this is a great opportunity for him.”
“I’m very happy for him,” echoed Thunder president Sam Bruyere. “We were very fortunate to have him for as long as we did, and I think our kids were fortunate to be coached by someone of a high level.”
Allison could not be reached for comment Friday morning.
The 46-year-old Allison spent the past three season with the Thunder, with his best campaign being his first in 2002-03 when he coached the team to the SIJHL championship.
He had a 24-17-3-4 record in his second season, then guided the team to a 30-15-3-0 mark this past season for an overall record of 87-44-11-6.
This will be the fourth time Allison is been involved in starting a new franchise (the others were Albany in the IHL in 1990, Grand Rapids in the IHL in 1996, and Fort Wayne in the UHL in 1999).
Twice he has taken a team from worst to first in one season (Roanoke and P.E.I.).
Allison, who is married with three daughters, was named Coach of the Year in the ECHL in 1989-’90 with Virginia, where he sported a record of 36-19-6.
Overall, he has coached 942 regular-season games over his 15-year coaching career at the minor league and junior levels, with a record of 474-358-50-60 (.619).
He also had a brief stint as head coach for the NHL’s Ottawa Senators in 1995-’96, where he amassed a 2-22-1 record before being replaced by Jacques Martin.
As a player, Allison, a 6’1”, 200-pound defenceman, enjoyed 10 seasons as a pro with developmental affiliates for the Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens, and Toronto Maple Leafs.
He had a brief stint in the NHL in 1983-’84 with the Canadiens.
This will be Allison’s 12th job since he started coaching in 1986.

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