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July 21, 2009

Former Chiefs coach lands job with Islanders

During his 13 seasons as a professional hockey coach, Scott Allen has traveled many miles, held many posts and resided in many cities.

But the former Johnstown Chiefs coach won’t mind this latest change of address.

Allen agreed to terms with the NHL’s New York Islanders on Tuesday and will become an assistant coach for another former Chief, Isles head coach Scott Gordon.

“It happened over a period of time. We had talked a few times,” said Allen, who spent the past six seasons as either an assistant or head coach in the AHL. “Probably after the NHL draft a few weeks ago things started to pick up.”

Allen got his start in coaching as an assistant to Johnstown coach Nick Fotiu during the 1996-97 ECHL season. Eventually he was promoted to the top job after Fotiu was fired a day after Christmas in 1997. Allen and former GM Toby O’Brien led a team that had missed the playoffs for four consecutive seasons to a 100-95-19 mark with three postseason berths and two playoff series wins in Allen’s final three years as Chiefs head coach.

Overall, he had 144 wins with Johnstown before moving to the AHL in 2002 as an assistant in San Antonio in the Florida Panthers organization.

“Every place I’ve been, the longest I’ve ever been in one place coaching was Johnstown,” said Allen, who has been an assistant coach of the AHL Quad City Flames the past two AHL seasons. “It was difficult when we left Johnstown. It was a tough decision for me because the people I worked with and worked for made it a great situation. The friends that we made in that town still are good friends to this day. Both of my kids were born there. It was a great run.”

Allen, 43, helped Quad City go 36-31-6-7 last season and 74-63-9-14 during the past two years.

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