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The Kingston Frontenacs have named former NHL coach and OHL graduate Bruce Cassidy as their new head coach.

Frontenacs' President & Governor Doug Springer officially made the announcement during a press conference at the International Hockey Hall of Fame in Kingston on Wednesday.

Cassidy is an Ottawa native and played for the 67's in the early 1980's. He was a first round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft and was called up by the Blackhawks for one NHL game in 1983-84 before returning to the 67's to finish his OHL playing career.

Cassidy continued his professional playing career with the Nova Scotia Oilers of the American Hockey League and Saginaw Generals in the International Hockey League. Cassidy was called up by the Blackhawks during the 1987-88 season where he had 13 points in 21 games. During the first part of the 90's he spent time playing for teams in Italy's and Germany's elite leagues. Returning to North America in 1994 he played three consecutive seasons with the Indianapolis Ice.

In 1996-97 Cassidy relocated to Florida where he accepted a mid-season replacement position of head coach for the East Coast Hockey League's Jacksonville Lizard Kings. He stayed in Jacksonville the following season before returning to Indianapolis in 1998 to become the head coach of the Ice.

He won the the coveted Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award in 2001-02. Awarded to the outstanding coach in the AHL as voted upon by the AHL Broadcasters and Writers.

2002-03 marked Bruce Cassidy's National Hockey League debut as head coach for the Washington Capitals where he lead the team to the first round of the playoffs. Cassidy was released by the Capitals organization after 25 games in the 2003-04 season. He joined the Blackhawks as an assistant coach in June 2004.
 
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