Islanders Hire Kelly Buchberger As Assistant Coach

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York Islanders have hired Kelly Buchberger to be an assistant under coach Doug Weight.

Buchberger served as vice president of player development for the Edmonton Oilers last season, after spending the previous two as the club’s manager of player personnel. He spent six seasons (2008-2014) as an assistant coach with the Oilers.

During his 18 NHL seasons as a player, Buchberger had 309 points in 1,182 regular-season games. He won two Stanley Cups with the Oilers, in 1987 and 1990, and was a teammate of Weight’s in Edmonton.

“Kelly adds years and years of NHL coaching and management experience to our staff,” Weight said in a news release. “He is a tireless worker who commands respect behind the bench and in the locker room. I’m thrilled to welcome him to the organization.”

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Kelly Buchberger on October 9, 2011 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Dale MacMillan/Getty Images)

Also Tuesday, the team agreed to terms with goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis on a one-year, two-way (NHL/AHL) deal. The Islanders acquired Gudlevskis from the Tampa Bay Lightning on July 1 for forward Carter Verhaeghe.

On Monday, the Islanders hired Fred Brathwaite as goaltending coach. Brathwaite was the goaltending coach for Hockey Canada with its under-18 team for the past three seasons.

(© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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