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Allison Named Head Coach of Des Moines Buccaneers

05/30/2014, 8:00am CDT
By bwerger

Coaching veteran becomes 14th coach in team history

The Des Moines Buccaneers announced that Dave Allison has been named Head Coach and General Manager and will lead the team into the 2014-15 USHL season.

Allison has over 20 years of experience coaching at the professional and junior levels, most recently as an assistant with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League (AHL) during the 2013-14 season.  He helped the Wolves post a 45-21-5-5 record this season, winning the AHL Midwest Division and the team advanced to the second round of the playoffs.

Previously, he was the head coach of the Peoria Rivermen for the 2012-13 campaign and guided them to a 33-35-5-3 record.  Overall during his seven seasons as a head coach in the AHL, he has compiled a 232-214-25-28 record. 

He is familiar to hockey fans in the Des Moines area as one of his AHL coaching stints was with the Iowa Stars, a team that was previously based in the city.  He led the Stars to a combined 118 victories and two playoff appearances over three seasons (2005-08) with the team.  He has made his offseason home in Des Moines since that time.

Allison has also had coaching stints in the IHL, ECHL, UHL, and OHL in addition to being the head coach of the Ottawa Senators in the NHL for part of the 1995-96 season.  His NHL experience also includes time as a scout for the Pittsburgh Penguins and with player development for the Colorado Avalanche.

The 55-year-old has made contributions to the Buccaneers organization in the past, assisting previous coaching staffs during the USHL Draft and to taking part in the team's summer tryout camps.

As a player, Allison enjoyed a 10-year professional career in the AHL and IHL, plus a stint in the NHL.  The defenseman was signed by the Montreal Canadiens as a free agent in 1979.  He spent six seasons with their farm club in Nova Scotia and played three games with the Canadiens during the 1983-84 season.  One of the stops during his playing career was in a now-USHL city as he played for the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the IHL for two seasons (1985-87) and helped the team win a league championship in 1987.

Allison takes over for Jon Rogger who led the Des Moines Buccaneers for the last two seasons and compiled an overall 45-67-12 record with the team.


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