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Joe Mormina is Hartford’s new assistant coach

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Today the New York Rangers announced that Joe Mormina, better known as “Joey” during his playing career, has joined the Hartford Wolf Pack’s coaching staff.

From the Wolf Pack’s press release:

Mormina, 35, joins the Rangers organization after serving one season as the Assistant Coach at Mercyhurst University. Under Mormina’s guidance, three Mercyhurst defensemen averaged at least 0.50 points per game during the 2016-17 season. In addition to helping players on the ice, Mormina worked in a player development role during his one season at Mercyhurst.

Mormina joins a young coaching staff in Hartford that is headed by 43-year-old Keith McCambridge. Like McCambridge, Mormina is a long-time veteran of the AHL. The 6-foot-6 defenseman played 670 regular season games in the American Hockey League, skating on NHL ice just once with the Hurricanes in the 2007-08 season.

It’s safe to assume that his role will include working with the Rangers defensive prospects in Hartford, not unlike former New York Rangers assistant coach Jeff Beukeboom.