Erie Otters Head Coach, Kris Knoblauch, has accepted a job as an Assistant Coach with the Philadelphia Flyers.
According to the Otters' website:
"Kris Knoblauch was named the seventh head coach in Erie Otters history on November 29, 2012, in the midst of the 2012-2013 OHL season. While at the helm, Knoblauch directed the Otters to three consecutive 50-win seasons from 2013-2016, the first team in Ontario Hockey League history to accomplish the feat. He captured the Matt Leyden Trophy as the OHL’s Coach of the Year in 2016 after guiding Erie to a Hamilton Spectator Trophy as the league’s 2015-16 regular season champions. His 2014-15 squad captured the franchise’s second Wayne Gretzky Trophy as Western Conference Champions. During his first full season with the team in 2013-14, Kris led the Otters to one of the biggest turnarounds in OHL history, coaching the team to the best regular season record in franchise history at 52-14-2-0 and taking the team to the Western Conference Final.
Knoblauch’s success in Erie has drawn the attention of Hockey Canada as he will serve as an assistant coach for Canada’s National Junior Team at the 2016-2017 IIHF World Junior Championship. He was named head coach of Team Canada Red at the 2015 Under-17 World Hockey Challenge, where his squad won the top spot in Group B during pool play.
Prior to joining Erie, Kris Knoblauch worked behind the bench for the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League as an assistant coach from 2007-2010 before taking over head coaching duties from 2010-2012. As head coach, Kris guided Kootenay to an Ed Chynoweth Cup as WHL playoff champions in 2011, and earned a berth into that year’s Memorial Cup tournament. Kris began his junior coaching career in the 2006-2007 season when he served as an assistant coach for the Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL.
Before joining the coaching ranks, Kris played four years in the WHL for a handful of teams including the Red Deer Rebels, Edmonton Ice, Kootenay Ice, and Lethbridge Hurricanes. Following his junior career, Kris played five seasons with the University of Alberta from 1999-2004 and won a National Championship in 2000. He also played professionally for the CHL’s Austin Ice Bats during the 2004-2005 season, and then spent the following year playing in France."