KEN GERNANDER HEAD COACH Ken Gernander was named head coach of the H artford Wolf Pack on July 23, 2007, becoming the fifth head coach in franchise history. Gernander, 47, previously served as an Assistant Coach of the Wolf Pack for two seasons after concluding an illustrious 14-year playing career in April of 2005. A member of the Rangers organization since signing as a free agent in 1994, Gernander served as captain of the club’s top minor league affiliate in each of his last 10 years on the ice (all eight years in Hartford, plus the final two seasons in Binghamton). The native of Coleraine, Minnesota registered 637 points (300 goals, 337 assists) in 986 games with the Fort Wayne Komets of the International Hockey League (IHL) and the Moncton Hawks, Binghamton Rangers and Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL). Gernander retired as the highest-scoring American-born player (293-331-624) in AHL history and ranked eighth all-time in AHL games played (973). He is the Wolf Pack franchise leader in career games played (599) and playoff games played (78). Gernander also ranks second all-time in goals (160), assists (187) and points (347) in Wolf Pack franchise history. In Calder Cup playoff action, he recorded 27 goals and 29 assists for 56 points, along with 20 penalty minutes in 123 career postseason games. On April 26, 2005, he established a new AHL record (since surpassed) for most playoff game appearances when he skated in his 121st post-season outing vs. Lowell, surpassing Fred Glover. A three-time AHL All-Star, Gernander also captained the 1999 PlanetUSA team at the AHL All-Star Classic in Philadelphia. He was twice voted recipient of the Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award for sportsmanship, determination and dedication to hockey in 1996 and 2004. As a member of the Wolf Pack, he was voted team MVP in 1998 and recipient of the “Bob Girouard Memorial Character” award in 2002, best defensive forward in 2002 and an American Specialty/AHL Man of the Year nominee in 2004. A four-year letterman at the University of Minnesota, Gernander was originally drafted by Winnipeg with the 96th overall choice in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft. For his NHL career, he skated in 12 contests, all with the Rangers, registering two goals and three assists for five points, along with 15 penalty minutes. In addition, Gernander appeared in 15 Stanley Cup playoff games with the Blueshirts. He and his wife, Kerby, have one son, Micah, and two daughters, McKenna and Miranda.
2016-17 New York Rangers Yearbook
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