Tri-City Americans

HOCKEY: Nachbaur leaves Ams for AHL club

The Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League announced today that it has named Don Nachbaur as head coach of its American Hockey League affiliate, the Binghamton (N.Y.) Senators. 

Nachbaur announced Thursday that he was leaving the Western Hockey League's Tri-City Americans, however he declined -- until today -- to disclose that he would be replacing Curtis Hunt, who coached the final portion of Binghamton's 2008-09 season when Cory Clouston was promoted to the top coaching position with the NHL's Senators. 

Hunt will return to the Regina Pats as their head coach for the 2009-10 WHL season. 

Nachbaur replaced Cory Clouston's older brother, Shaun, when he took the reins of the Americans in June 2003. 

In his six seasons with the Ams, Nachbaur posted a 235-155-25-7 record for a .592 winning percentage. He led the club to the playoffs in each season, including back-to-back U.S. Division championships in 2007-08 and 2008-09. Nachbaur was named the WHL's Coach of the Year in 2008. 

"Don did a tremendous job for the Americans, helping to stabilize our franchise with his professionalism and strong work ethic," Bob Tory, Tri-City Americans general manager, said in a news release. "This is an exciting time for Don, his family and our hockey club.  We are proud that he is getting this opportunity to continue to grow as a coach.  This opportunity was long overdue based on his record.  We wish him all the best with the Binghamton Senators."

Tory did not make a statement regarding Nachbaur's replacement.

 Binghamton missed the AHL playoffs this past season with a 41-30-5-4 record.