Rockford, Ill. – The National Hockey League’s Buffalo Sabres announced on Friday that the team has hired former IceHogs Goaltending Coach Andrew Allen in the same role.
Allen spent four seasons in the Chicago Blackhawks organization serving as the developmental goaltending coach for the IceHogs. During his stint in Rockford, Allen helped develop now NHL goaltenders such as Scott Darling, Carter Hutton and Antti Raanta.
Prior to joining the Blackhawks staff, Allen served as the goaltending coach for St. Lawrence University (NCAA) from 2008-11. The Vankleek Hill, Ontario native had also been the National Team Goaltending Coach and Developmental Consultant for the Japanese Ice Hockey Federation since 2006.
Allen spent five seasons playing professionally between the ECHL and AHL. The former goalie spent his final two seasons between the pipes with the Trenton Titans (ECHL) and helped backstop them to the 2005 Kelly Cup Championship under the watch of current IceHogs Head Coach Ted Dent (assistant coach with Trenton) and former IceHogs Head Coach Mike Haviland (head coach in Trenton). Allen went 30-11-3 in 2004-05 with a 2.36 GAA and a .916 SPCT.
His AHL stops included the Hershey Bears, Utah Grizzlies, Binghamton Senators and Providence Bruins. During his five-year playing career, Allen compiled an overall record of 79-50-15 in 152 career appearances with a .913 save percentage and a 2.57 goals against average.
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