Rivermen General Manager Kevin McDonald
announced today that the St. Louis Blues have named Danny Brooks their video coach for the 2012-13 season. Brooks had
served as a Rivermen assistant for the previous two seasons.
joins Davis Payne (Los Angeles), Brent Thompson (New York Islanders) and
Rick Wamsley (Ottawa) as former Rivermen
AHL coaches that will be NHL assistants during the upcoming season.
made his professional coaching debut with the Rivermen after 14 seasons as an
assistant coach in both the major junior and collegiate levels. He spent the 2008-10 seasons as an assistant coach with
the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
While with Drummondville, he coached and helped
develop two first-round NHL draft picks (Sean Couturier – 8th overall by
Philadelphia in 2011; Dmitry Kolikov – 14th overall by Florida in 2009). He
coached under Guy Boucher in 2008-09 (who won the AHL’s coach of the year award
with the Hamilton Bulldogs in 2009-10) and was named head coach of the NHL’s
Tampa Bay Lightning on June 8, 2010. Brooks and Boucher guided the team to a
franchise-best 54 wins and 112 points as well as a President’s Cup championship
and a trip to the Memorial Cup. Brooks took over the head coaching duties
during the World Junior Hockey Championships and guided the team to a 7-2-0-1
Prior to that, Brooks was a member of the Brown
University coaching staff for six seasons, five of which were spent as the top
assistant. Brooks spent three seasons (1999-2002) as an assistant coach under
Bill Wilkinson at Wayne State University in Detroit. Prior to his stint at
Wayne State, Brooks coached under Wilkinson for one year at Western Michigan.
Before WMU, Brooks served as assistant coach during the 1997-98 campaign at
Bentley College under Head Coach Jim McAdam.
A native of Natick, MA, Brooks and his wife Nikki,
have one daughter Julia.