Capitals expected to name Todd Nelson as head coach of AHL Hershey 2022

Todd Nelson as head coach of AHL Hershey: The Capitals replaced Scott Arnell by promoting Scott Allen to an assistant coaching role with the big club, leaving behind his AHL affiliate head coaching start in Hershey. They appear to be close to filling that opening as ESPN’s Kevin Weeks reports that Washington is close to hiring former Stars assistant Todd Nelson as the Bears’ next head coach.

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Nelson has been coaching for nearly two decades and this will be his third stint as an AHL head coach after five seasons in Oklahoma City (before becoming Edmonton’s interim bench boss) and three years in Grand Rapids. Years ago he was running before joining Dallas.

It will be a return of sorts for the 53-year-old as Nelson spent three seasons as a player in Washington’s system, primarily at the minor league level although he scored his only NHL goal in a Capitals uniform. Nelson became available again in May when Dallas decided to overhaul their coaching staff and while he won’t be making it behind an NHL bench, he’ll be back in a very familiar role.

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