Utah Grizzlies head coach and General Manager Tim Branham announced Tuesday that Ryan Kinasewich has officially been named the team’s assistant coach following the approval of his United States immigration.
“We are very pleased to be able to add Ryan to our staff,” said Branham. “He had a great pro career, especially here in Utah, and I look forward to working with him.”
The 34 year old played for the team from 2005-10 and is Utah’s all-time leading scorer with 159 goals and 200 assists for 359 points in 239 games. His top season in Utah was 2009-10 when he had 48 goals and 55 assists for 103 points in 59 games. He finished his professional career with seven seasons overseas.
“I’m very excited to be back with the organization that helped start my career,” said Kinasewich. “I have a ton of great memories here, met my fiancé here and consider this home now. I look forward to helping the team accomplish its goals.”
He served as Utah’s captain from 2008-10 and set an all-time team record with six points in a game January 16, 2008, when he had one goal and five assists against Phoenix. Kinasewich also leads Utah in game-winning goals with 19, 1,208 shots and 47 power-play goals.
The Grizzlies return to action Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m., for a three-game series in Rapid City.