ARLINGTON, V.A. — The Washington Capitals named Hershey Bears head coach Scott Allen their new assistant coach, general manager Brian MacLellan announced on Monday.
Allen will work primarily with the forwards and on the penalty kill. He replaces Scott Arniel, who left the organization to join the Winnipeg Jets staff this offseason.
The 56-year-old joins Kevin McCarthy, Blaine Forsythe and Scott Murray on Peter Laviolette’s coaching staff.
Allen served as an assistant coach for the Bears for two seasons before becoming Hershey’s head coach for 2021-22. Under his leadership, the Bears went 34-32-6-4 and clinched a Calder Cup playoff berth. Hershey’s 209 goals against also tied for 11th in the AHL.
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Beyond his time in Hershey, Allen has been coaching professional hockey for over 25 years, serving as an assistant with the New York Islanders, Florida Panthers and Arizona Coyotes. During his tenure in Arizona, he helped the Coyotes rank first in the NHL in penalty kill percentage (85) in 2018-19 and fifth in goals-against per game (2.68). He has also been an AHL coach for 14 seasons and also spent time in the ECHL.
Before coaching, he also played pro hockey. He won back-to-back Kelly Cups in 1989 and 1990.