AHL Operations


Athletic Trainer

Equipment Manager

Dean Chynoweth

Head Coach

Dean Chynoweth (shin-OWTH) enters his second season as head coach of the Lake Erie Monsters in 2013-14.

The Monsters and their NHL parent club, the Colorado Avalanche, announced on June 27th, 2012, the appointment of Chynoweth as the new head coach of the Monsters. He became the third head coach in Lake Erie franchise history, succeeding former head coach David Quinn (2009-12), who was named as assistant coach with the Avs earlier that summer.

Chynoweth spent the prior three seasons (2009-12) as an assistant coach for the NHL’s New York Islanders. Before that, the Calgary native served as head coach in Canada’s Western Hockey League for nine seasons, five with the Swift Current Broncos (2004-09) and four with the Seattle Thunderbirds (2000-04). Chynoweth also served as general manager for Swift Current. His first stint on the bench was with the Utah Grizzlies of the IHL, where he served as assistant coach for two seasons (1998-00).

"Dean has an extensive coaching background at all levels," said Avalanche Vice President of Player Development Craig Billington. "He brings a wealth of knowledge and we are confident he will be a great asset for our players. We are proud to have Dean the Avalanche organization."

A defenseman, Chynoweth was selected 13th overall by the New York Islanders in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft. He went on to play parts of nine seasons in the NHL, recording a total of four goals, 18 assists and 667 penalty minutes in 241 games. Chynoweth played for both the Islanders (1988-96) and the Boston Bruins (1996-98). He also spent time in the AHL and IHL during his professional career.