Beukeboom named assistant for AHL Whale


From the NYR:


NEW YORK, July 6, 2012 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has named Jeff Beukeboom assistant coach of the team’s American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, Connecticut Whale.  He joins head coach, Ken Gernander, and assistant coach, Pat Boller.

Beukeboom, 47, is a four-time Stanley Cup Champion, including as a member of the Rangers’ 1994 Championship team.  He begins his first season as an assistant coach with Connecticut after spending the last three seasons as an assistant coach with the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).  Last season, he helped guide Sudbury to a 36-26-4-2 record for 78 points, a 16-point improvement over their 2010-11 record.

Prior to joining Sudbury, Beukeboom served as an assistant coach with the Barrie Colts (OHL) for the 2008-09 season.  He began his coaching career in 2003-04 as an assistant coach for the Toronto Roadrunners (AHL).  In 2005, Beukeboom became President and part-owner of the Lindsay Muskies of the Ontario Provincial Junior “A” Hockey League (OJHL).

Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Beukeboom skated in 804 career regular season games in 13 NHL seasons with the Rangers and Edmonton Oilers, registering 30 goals and 129 assists for 159 points, along with 1,890 penalty minutes and a plus-114 rating.  He began his career with Edmonton in 1986-87, where he captured the Stanley Cup in three of his first four seasons.  In 1987-88, he established career-highs in assists (20), points (25), plus/minus rating (plus-27), and penalty minutes (201).  Beukeboom also tallied three goals and 16 assists, along with 197 penalty minutes in 99 career playoff contests with the Rangers and Oilers.

The defenseman recorded 18 goals and 72 assists for 90 points, along with 1,157 penalty minutes and a plus-63 rating in 520 regular season games over eight seasons with the Rangers.  He was traded to the Blueshirts in exchange for David Shaw on November 12, 1991, as part of the October 4, 1991, deal that sent Mark Messier to Broadway.  Beukeboom notched a career-high, eight goals, during the 1993-94 season.  He went on to set playoff career-highs in games played (22), assists/points (six), and plus/minus rating (plus-17) that postseason, while helping the Rangers capture the Stanley Cup Championship.

The Ajax, Ontario native was originally selected by Edmonton as a first round choice, 19th overall, in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft.

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  1. when hiring Jeff Beukeboom as an assistant coach of the Whale becomes the biggest news of the summer YOU KNOW it will be a long one!

  2. Now we just have to get McIlrath back from knee surgery for the plan to work!

  3. It would be great to see Kid Kreider bust out with a 30-40 goal first year, but the high teens low twenties sounds far more realistic.

  4. If the kid Kreider can play all year and get’s power play time, I think 30 goals is on the low end of the production you can expect from him…

    Certainly don’t wait to jinx anything, but, this is going to be the first time a lot of goalies see him and he has a very good chance to pot at least 30….

    Kreider has an elite shot and speed…and he’ll be getting the puck on his stick a lot while Gaby is out…

  5. Wow, surgery for patellar dislocation. 6 weeks to 3 months, depending on what type of surgery he underwent- bone or soft tissue repair.

  6. Czechthemout!!! on

    Now there is some to be punning about. A true warrior and vital part of the greatest New York Rangers team in history!

    Congrats Jeff! You deserve it.

  7. July 6…..who wouldv’e thunk a month ago there would be no Nash or Ryan trade yet. The traded Wayne Gretzky for chris sakes!

  8. according to csn washington

    carolina has expressed interest on semin for a short term basis

  9. was waiting for your diagnosis ilb

    mentioned that in previous thread.
    also was hoping that the timetable wasn’t as
    bad as that.
    was hoping that MacIlrath would have been ready near camp.
    if lockout happens then it won’t matter as much.

    here’s to hoping Beuk will show him what’s what
    because we could use that type of player

  10. Paul in sunrise on

    Dog days of summer have arrived.

    Nash is feeling a lot like the jagr situation. Craig Patrick just hates the rangers.

  11. Wicky© RUPP SMASH!!! on

    so there is this puck & gavel thing on twitter that seemed pretty cool so I followed it, but it must be pretty bush league low class type of site because I didn’t even get a follow back…JOKE!!

  12. Thanks. That was actually a side-depressing part of Game 6 to NJ; she was born a week before the beginning of the season and I spent a lot of nights holding her on the couch with hockey on, so I was completely convinced it was fate. But then it wasn’t, so now the worry is she’s as big of a curse as her mom was. Started going out in 2001, Yankees had that awesome-yet-horrific World Series against the Diamondbacks and went from winning every year to an 8 year “drought”. And the Rangers obviously did nothing to cover for them. Sooo … cross your fingers and I’m sorry in advance?

  13. leetchhalloffame on

    Wicky – definitely agree. This has been one boring, non-eventful free agent/trade period for NYR.

  14. Eh, this is what happens. Everything is slow, everyone is bored, then BLAM! Semin on your roster before you even know what happened.

  15. Per Djoos (Stay thirsty, my friends) on

    Kathryn Tappen, of course she is a blonde and on NHL Network. Probably the only reason to watch that clown channel. Although less clown than Versus, FoxSports, and Bickelodian.

  16. Per Djoos (Stay thirsty, my friends) on

    I like the idea of Beuk rubbing off on Mack ill Wrath..

  17. Kreider will score, but he’s strong and quick in the corners and once he gains more confidence with the right line-mates, he’ll create a ton of assists up front.

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