Islanders Name Scott Pellerin Sound Tigers Next Head Coach

On July 8, Brian Compton – Deputy Managing Editor for NHL.com – sent a message via twitter to Matt Moulson stating , ‘Manchester assistant coach Scott Pellerin could be in the mix for Bridgeport job.’ Moulson’s response was ‘If it’s true-great coach taught me a lot.’ (Photo Credit: Bridgeport Sound Tigers Booster Club)

On Wednesday July 18, the Sound Tigers made it official. Scott Jacque-Frederick Pellerin (Pelly) will become the eighth head coach of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. 

Following are a few notable excerpts from the announcement as published on the Sound Tigers website www.thesoundtigers.com :

  • “Scott brings tremendous experience to the Sound Tigers from not only coaching, but also his playing career,” Islanders General Manager Garth Snow said. “Over the past six seasons with the Manchester Monarchs, he has developed numerous prospects into everyday NHL players, including current Islander Matt Moulson.  We look forward to seeing that continuing trend with our young prospects.”

Pellerin is also familiar with Sound Tigers assistant coach Eric Boguniecki. Boguniecki spent his collegiate career at U-Maine rival University of New Hampshire, and also crossed paths with Pellerin during their professional careers.

  • “Pelly is a great person and was a great player,” Boguniecki said. “We played a little bit in St. Louis together. We’re similar in a lot of ways in terms of how we played the game. He was a real hard worker on the ice, and I’m sure his coaching approach is the same.”

Boguniecki believes his familiarity and friendship with Pellerin will be a key to the Sound Tigers success this season. Boguniecki also played and coached alongside Brent Thompson prior to last season when both joined the Sound Tigers staff, and knows how important that relationship can be.

  • “I think it’s really important to have that close relationship,” Boguniecki explained.  “Tommer and I have a great relationship and we we’re pretty close prior to coming to Bridgeport. Knowing Pelly and having that relationship is going to be really helpful, and I think that all of the players in the locker room will feed off of that.”

That hard-working, blue-collar style of play that Sound Tigers fans grew accustomed to seeing last season doesn’t appear to be changing any time soon. Pellerin’s message is no different from what Thompson put in place last season.

  • “I thought the job Brent did with this team last season was unbelievable…obviously the leadership from Jack Capuano, the system put in place and the draft picks have come together,” Pellerin stated. “If you would have asked any of our players in Manchester last season what teams were the toughest to play against, the Sound Tigers were a top-three team in the league alongside Hershey and Norfolk.”
  • “I may have my own style and way of coaching, but the message will stay the same,” Pellerin said. “We will continue to develop the young talent in this organization and strive for success. We’ll be a hard-working, well-structured team that will come to play every single night. This team was one of the tops in the league last season with their talent and how they played the game, and I look forward to continuing that effort.”

The Shediac, NB native ‘got his hockey career underway playing an imaginary game against the fireplace in his family’s living room, Guy Lafleur always got his goal.’ reads his introduction at www.legendsofhockey.com.

Pelly’s career has gone through changes, but his goal has always been the same … win!

Welcome to ‘The Bridge’ coach.

- Mike Flannery

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