Originally posted on Rock the Red  |  Last updated 6/19/12

The Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League have announced the hiring of Dean Evason as their head coach for the 2012-13 season.  The Admirals, the primary minor-league affiliate of the Nashville Predators, finished second in their division this season and lost in the first round of the playoffs.  They were in need of a new head coach when Kirk Muller left to take over the Carolina Hurricanes mid-season. 

Evason moved on after he was told he was no longer a candidate for the Washington Capitals head coaching vacancy.  He had spent seven seasons as an assistant under three different head coaches.  This marks the second time Predators General Manager David Poile has hired Evason, as Poile also drafted the Winnipeg native to play for the Capitals in 1982.

Evason played the first 17 games of his NHL career in Capitals red, white, and blue.  All told, "Deano" played 803 NHL games over 13 seasons with Hartford, Dallas, San Jose, and Calgary, and his playing career also included stops in the AHL, Switzerland, and Germany.  Upon retiring from playing in 1999, Evason immediately stepped behind the bench as head coach of the WHL Kamloops Blazers.  He took over the Vancouver Giants in 2002 and also spent a season with the Calgary Hitmen in 2004-05 before joining the Caps' coaching ranks. 

During Evason's junior coaching career, he coached future Washington Capitals Shaone Morrisonn and Tyler Sloan in Kamloops and Jeff Schultz and Karl Alzner in Calgary.  He also coached future NHLers Ryan Getzlaf, Andrew Ladd, Scottie Upshall, Erik Christensen, Gilbert Brule, and Jared Aulin.

Best of luck, Deano.

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