ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Alaska Aces have named Rob Murray, former coach of the AHL's Providence Bruins, as their fourth head coach since becoming members of the ECHL. Murray takes over for Brent Thompson, who left the reigning Kelly Cup Champions following his second season behind the bench.
Murray has spent the last seven seasons in the Boston Bruins organization, all with the AHL affiliate in Providence. He served as an assistant coach from the 2003-04 season until the conclusion of the 2007-08 campaign, when he was promoted to head coach. Murray then guided the Bruins as head coach for three seasons, compiling a record of 117-103-20. He became available when his contract was not renewed following the 2010-11 season, when Providence finished 38-36-6.
While in Providence, Murray also coached forward Nate Thompson of Anchorage, now a member of the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning.
Murray has quite the legacy to live up to. Each of the Aces three previous head coaches in the ECHL era have taken the team to the Kelly Cup Finals.