Rivermen General Manager Kevin McDonald
announced today that the St. Louis Blues have named Dave Allison as the head coach of the Rivermen. He becomes the 18th
head coach in franchise history.
53, is currently serving as amateur scout with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He will continue to assist the Penguins in
preparing for the upcoming NHL Entry Draft and will remain with the team until
“With the track record Dave has with
developing young players as well as his commitment and passion to the sport, we
know we have found the right fit for Peoria,” said McDonald. “We are extremely
excited to welcome Dave to the Rivermen family.”
Allison is a veteran of 18 years as a head coach and has
spent the majority of his career in developmental leagues (AHL, ECHL, IHL,
OHL). He also had a 25-game stint as the interim head coach of the NHL’s Ottawa
Senators during the 1995-96 season.
He has an outstanding record of developing prospects into NHL
players including Brett Lindros, Chris Gratton, Matt Greene, Loui Eriksson,
James Neal, Mike Smith and current St. Louis Blue B.J. Crombeen and former
Blue, the late, Pavol Demitra.
Peoria will be Allison’s fourth head coaching stop in the AHL
after Prince Edward Island (1994-96), Milwaukee (2001-02) and Iowa
(2005-08). He also coached for Milwaukee
(2000-01) and Grand Rapids (1996-98) while they were members of the IHL. During
his time with the Iowa Stars, he worked under then-Dallas Stars, and current
St. Louis Blues, general manager Doug Armstrong.
am excited for the opportunity to join Peoria and coach these young men who are
the future of the St. Louis Blues,” said Allison. “To work again with Doug [Armstrong] and the
quality people associated with the St Louis Blues organization is humbling and
exciting for both myself and my family, and a responsibility I embrace
and am grateful for.”
423 games as an AHL head coach, the Fort Frances, Ontario native has compiled a
record of 199-179-20-25. He has coached in nearly 800 professional games and
over 900 total since his coaching career began in 1989.
to joining the Pittsburgh scouting staff, he worked as a part of the player
development team with the Colorado Avalanche.
As a player, Allison enjoyed a
10-year professional career in the AHL, IHL, and in the NHL. The
defenseman was signed by the Montreal Canadiens as a free agent in 1979.
He spent six seasons with their AHL club in Nova Scotia and played three games
with the Canadiens during the 1983-84 season.