Here on Cardiac Cane we are going to introduce you to a new column. Every week we are going to write an article titled ‘Contour of the Checkers.’ This concept is quite simple in the fact that each week I’m going to take one player on the roster of the Charlotte Checkers and provide you an in-depth look at them. In a sense this is a report card or the history of the player. While we are in a lockout, it is the greatest way to get to know your Charlotte Checkers and future of your Carolina Hurricanes. To start off, we will get you acquainted with the coaching staff of the Checkers.
- Head Coach: Jeff Daniels
The current head coach of the Checkers is retired NHL player Jeff Daniels. Daniels came to the Carolina Hurricanes organization first and foremost as a player in 1995. In 1997-98 he made his Hurricanes debut where he appeared in 2 games in Carolina before being sent to the AHL affiliate, Beast of New
Haven, where he registered 24 goals and 27 assists in 71 games. He spent the next season in the Predators organization before rejoining the Hurricanes and staying with them until he retired in 2002-2003. He finished his career with 425 games logged in the books and 43 points (17 goals, 26 assists).
In his first two seasons coaching the Checkers he has led the franchise to a record of 82-56-18. He also led the team to the Eastern Conference Finals in the Calder Cup run, the best playoff run a Hurricane’s affiliate has had since his team in 1996-1997.He started coaching for the Albany River Rats in 2008 who were, at the time, the Hurricanes affiliate. When the affiliate changed in 2010, he stayed with the team and took over the head coaching position of the Checkers.
- Assistant Head Coach: Geordie Kinnear
Geordie Kinnear is a former professional ice hockey defenseman. He was drafted in 1992 by the New Jersey Devils for the 162nd pick overall. Kinnear spent eight years playing professional hockey, six of those years with the Albany River Rats. He helped lead the team to the Calder Cup Playoffs each year, along with a 1995 Calder Cup Championship.
In 1999 he would make his NHL debut signing with the Atlanta Thrashers as a free agent. He appeared in four games before being sent to the team’s IHF affiliate and then being traded back to New Jersey where he would finish out his career with the River Rats. He ended up retiring from the game in December 2000 after being sideline with an injury forcing the decision. His #4 jersey was retired from the River Rats and he retired as the all-time leader in games played and penalty minutes for the River Rats.
In 2001 he joined the coaching staff of the Rats as the Assistant Coach from 2001-2006 before stepping down to the part-time assistant for the 2006-2007 season in their first year with the Hurricanes. He is now on his ninth season as an assistant coach, his fifth full season with the Hurricanes organization.