Trumbull, CT native Chris Drury was named General Manager of the Wolf Pack May 16, 2017. He also serves as Assistant General Manager of the parent New York Rangers, having been promoted to that post on September 2, 2016. Click here for Chris Drury's full bio.
Assistant General Manager
Pat Boller is in his 13th season of service on the Wolf Pack staff. The parent New York Rangers added an Assistant General Manager designation to Boller’s title prior to the 2012-13 season, after he had spent six years as an assistant coach. Click here for Pat Boller's full bio.
Kris Knoblauch was named the seventh head coach in Wolf Pack history July 29, 2019.
Knoblauch came to the Wolf Pack after two seasons as an assistant coach with the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers. Before that stint, he spent seven seasons as a head coach at the Major Junior level, two (2010-11 and 2011-12) with the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League (WHL) and five with the Ontario Hockey League’s (OHL) Erie Otters. All told, Knoblauch amassed a Major Junior career coaching record of 298-130-16-13, for a points percentage of .684, in 457 games.
In his first season as a head coach, 2010-11 with Kootenay, Knoblauch piloted the Ice to a 46-21-1-4 record for 97 points in the regular season, and a 16-3 playoff run that saw Kootenay capture the WHL championship and earn a berth in the Memorial Cup.
After finishing his Kootenay tenure with a total record of 82-47-7-8, Knoblauch moved behind the Erie bench November 29, 2012. Subsequent to that season, he led the Otters to four consecutive 50-win campaigns, making the Otters the first team in the history of the Canadian Hockey League (comprised of the OHL, WHL and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League) to accomplish that feat.
Knoblauch’s 2016-17 Erie club won the OHL championship and advanced all the way to the final of the Memorial Cup, and both that team and the previous year’s Otter squad won the Hamilton Spectator Trophy for compiling the best regular-season record in the OHL. Knoblauch was named OHL Coach of the Year in 2015-16, and also guided Erie to the OHL final in 2014-15. He finished his Erie tenure with an overall record of 216-79-9-5 (.722) in 309 games.
During his time coaching the Otters and Ice, Knoblauch played a key role in the development of numerous players who went on to successful NHL careers, including Connor McDavid, Alex DeBrincat, Sam Reinhart, Dylan Strome, Andre Burakovsky, Anthony Cirelli, Erik Cernak, Connor Brown and Travis Dermott.
Prior to becoming a head coach, Knoblauch served as an assistant coach with Kootenay for three seasons (2007-08 through 2009-10). The first coaching experience for the Imperial, Saskatchewan native was one year (2006-07) as an assistant with the WHL’s Prince Albert Raiders.
Knoblauch has also coached in several international tournaments, including helping Canada to a silver medal in the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship as an assistant coach. He also served as head coach for Canada-Red at the 2015 World U17 Hockey Challenge.
Knoblauch played two seasons of pro hockey, logging 60 games with the CHL’s Austin IceBats in 2004-05 (18-22-40, 76 PIM) and 28 games in 2005-06 with Neuilly sur-Marne of FFHG Division 1 in France (29-17-46, 24 PIM).
A seventh-round pick (166th overall) by the New York Islanders in the 1997 NHL Draft, Knoblauch, who was born September 24, 1978, enjoyed a three-year playing career in the WHL, from 1996-97 through 1998-99, with the Red Deer Rebels, Edmonton/Kootenay Ice and Lethbridge Hurricanes. He also played five seasons (1999-00 through 2003-04) of Canadian University hockey at the University of Alberta, winning a CIAU University Cup championship his first year.
Associate Head Coach
Gord Murphy joined the Wolf Pack as associate head coach August 2, 2019.
Prior to becoming a member of the Wolf Pack staff, the former long-time NHL defenseman had been an NHL assistant coach since the 2002-03 season. Murphy, a 52-year-old native of Willowdale, Ontario, spent most of the past five years as an assistant with the Philadelphia Flyers, the last two working as a fellow assistant with current Wolf Pack head coach Kris Knoblauch. Before that, Murphy was with the Florida Panthers for four seasons, and his first seven years (2002-03 through 2009-10) of coaching experience was on the Columbus Blue Jackets’ staff. He also has international coaching experience, having helped to guide Canada’s team, as an assistant coach, to a bronze medal in the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship.
As a player, Murphy enjoyed an 862-game NHL career with the Flyers, Panthers, Boston Bruins and Atlanta Thrashers, from 1988-89 through 2001-02. He was twice a member of first-year expansion teams, in 1993-94 with the Panthers and in 1999-00 with the Thrashers, and helped the 1995-96 Florida squad to the Stanley Cup Final.
Originally a ninth-round draft pick (189th overall) by the Flyers in 1985 out of the Ontario Hockey League, Murphy totaled 85 goals and 238 assists for 323 points, along with 668 penalty minutes, in NHL action and also played 72 career AHL games (9-26-35, 52 PIM), with the Hershey Bears and Providence Bruins. As a rookie in 1987-88, Murphy won a Calder Cup with the Bears, who went a perfect 12-0 in that year’s postseason under head coach John Paddock, who piloted the Wolf Pack to the 2000 Calder Cup championship.
David Cunniff was named a Wolf Pack assistant coach by the parent New York Rangers August 21, 2019.
Cunniff came to the Ranger organization from the Iowa Wild, for whom he worked for four seasons from 2015-16 through 2018-19. Cunniff was the Wild’s head coach for 26 games in 2015-16 (9-12-2-3), after starting that season as an assistant, and served as associate coach for the 2016-17 through 2018-19 campaigns.
Prior to his tenure with the Wild, the 48-year-old Cunniff was an assistant coach with the Albany Devils for one season (2014-15), and served the San Jose Sharks as either associate coach or assistant coach of their AHL affiliate for 12 years. That included four seasons (2002-03 through 2005-06) with the Cleveland Barons and eight years (2006-07 through 2013-14) with the Worcester Sharks.
Cunniff, who is a native of South Boston, MA, played five seasons of pro hockey, 1996-97 through 1999-00 and 2001-02. That included a total of 120 AHL games (5-20-25, 219 PIM) with the Albany River Rats from 1997-98 through 1999-00. He also saw action in 148 career ECHL games (33-24-57, 336 PIM), with the Jacksonville Lizard Kings, Raleigh IceCaps, Louisiana IceGators and Richmond Renegades.
Before turning pro, Cunniff played Division III college hockey at Salem State. His father, John Cunniff, was a long-time pro player, coach and scout, who skated for the New England Whalers in the World Hockey Association and was both a head coach and assistant coach with the NHL Hartford Whalers.
Wolf Pack goaltending coach Eric Raymond is in his fourth season with the New York Rangers organization in 2019-20.
Raymond works in partnership with New York Rangers assistant coach and goaltending coach Benoit Allaire, assisting him with goaltender development, a working relationship that spans over 30 years.
In addition to his experience with the Ranger organization, Raymond spent eight seasons (2010-11 through 2017-18) as goaltending coach of the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). Raymond helped guide the Mooseheads to a Memorial Cup championship in 2012-13, a campaign in which Halifax went 58-6-3-1 and also captured the QMJHL regular-season and playoff (President’s Cup) titles. That team’s number-one netminder, Zach Fucale, then went on to become the first goaltender selected in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, picked 36th overall by the Montreal Canadiens.
Raymond, a 47-year-old Montreal native, also has had significant international coaching success, having been on the staff of the Gold Medal-winning Canadian team at the 2018 World Junior Hockey Championship. With that squad, Raymond mentored backstops Carter Hart and Colton Point.
In 11 total years coaching in the QMJHL, Raymond developed several goalies for the Canadian National Under-18 and Under-20 teams. He also won the President’s Cup as a goaltender himself twice, with the Laval Titan in 1989-90 and Verdun College-Francais in 1991-92, both times with Allaire as his goaltending coach.
Raymond enjoyed a 16-year pro playing career, which included 33 AHL games with the Fredericton Canadiens and Rochester Americans. He also saw action in the International Hockey League, ECHL, Colonial Hockey League and Central Hockey League, before spending time with the Canadian National Team and then heading overseas for the last 11 seasons of his career. Those included one year in England, one in Germany and nine seasons in France. He won back-to-back French championships in 2003-04 and 2004-05, with Rouen.
Brock Ballard has been a hockey instructor for more than 22 years, teaching fundamentals in all aspects of the game, specializing in the science of skating and skill development. He has trained over 40,000 players, including NHL players, draft picks and top prospects. He has also worked on occasion with members of the U.S. Women's Olympic Gold Medal team, NCAA and Major Junior players. Brock is originally from Traverse City, MI and has relocated to Hartford with his wife (Erin) and son (Bryce) from Wilmington, NC.
Strength & Conditioning Coach
Head Strength and Conditioning Coach John Sardos is a new addition to the Wolf Pack staff for 2019-20.
Sardos joined the Wolf Pack staff after two years as assistant strength coach for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. There he worked mainly with the hockey and lacrosse teams, as well as the Patriot League-champion golf squad.
Sardos has previous AHL experience with the Albany Devils, for whom he served two seasons (2015-16 and 2016-17) as head strength and conditioning coach. Prior to that, he was assistant strength and conditioning coach for five years at Union College in his hometown of Schenectady, New York. At Union he worked with the men’s and women’s basketball teams, the football team, men’s and women’s lacrosse and men’s and women’s track and field, and assisted with men’s and women’s hockey.
Sardos earned a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology in 2010 from New England College and a Masters in Educational Psychology, with an emphasis in Sports Psychology, from the University of Missouri in 2015. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and also holds FMS (Functional Movement Systems) certification.
Sardos and his wife Kayla have made their home in Hartford with their two cats, Mario and Luigi.
Video Coach Chris Hoeler joined the Wolf Pack staff prior to the 2019-20 AHL season. He is responsible for capturing and analyzing footage of each of the Wolf Pack’s games, and for pre-scouting Wolf Pack opponents. He also assists his fellow coaching staff members with extensive data collection and assessment, as well as with a number of administrative functions.
Hoeler assumed his current role with the Wolf Pack after one season as director of hockey operations for the Chicago Steel of the USHL. The previous year, he worked with the Harvard University women’s hockey program as video and analytics coordinator. The Ridgefield, CT native has previous experience with the Wolf Pack, having served as the team’s video assistant for the 2016-17 season, and he also has worked in the NHL with the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers. In addition to that, Hoeler was vice-president of hockey operations for the Federal Hockey League’s Danbury Titans for two years, and also spent time with the Danbury Whalers of the FHL.
Hoeler graduated with a Bachelors degree in Business Management from Fairfield University in 2011, and earned a Masters in Sports Business Management from Manhattanville College in 2013. He currently resides in West Hartford.
Wolf Pack athletic trainer Brian Fairbrother joined the Wolf Pack staff prior to the 2014-15 season, after eight years working in Sports Medicine at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT. Fairbrother was an assistant athletic trainer for the Bobcats, providing medical services for the men’s ice hockey program, and served as an approved clinical instructor and lecturer for Quinnipiac’s athletic training program. Click here for Brian Fairbrother's full bio.
Head Equipment Manager
Craig Lewis is in his 12th season on the Wolf Pack equipment staff in 2019-20. Click here for Craig Lewis' full bio.
Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach
Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Tim Sesko joined the Wolf Pack staff for the 2019-20 season.
Prior to coming on board with the Wolf Pack, Sesko spent a year interning with the parent New York Rangers’ strength and conditioning staff. He is currently working towards his Masters in Applied Exercise Science, with a focus on strength and conditioning, through Concordia University Chicago. A native of the Cleveland, Ohio area, Sesko holds a Bachelors degree in Exercise Science from Concordia University St. Paul, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2008 to 2012.
Sesko and his wife Tiffinie have a four-year-old son, Daniel, and a one-year-old daughter, Brannah, and they currently make their home in Highland, New York.
Assistant Athletic Trainer
The 2019-20 season is the first with the Wolf Pack for Assistant Athletic Trainer Jared Degler.
Degler joined the Wolf Pack after three years as head athletic trainer for the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL. Prior to that, Hamburg, PA native worked an internship with the ECHL’s Reading Royals for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons, while completing his Bachelors degree in Athletic Training at Alvernia University in Reading.
Assistant Equipment Manager
Assistant Equipment Manager Mark Riepe is a new addition to the Wolf Pack staff for the 2019-20 season.
Riepe came to the Wolf Pack from its ECHL affiliate, the Maine Mariners, for whom he worked in the franchise’s inaugural season of 2018-19, setting up the locker room operation from scratch.
Prior to that, Riepe worked in the Southern Professional Hockey League with the Peoria Rivermen, earning SPHL Equipment Manager of the Year honors in 2017-18. That was after a stint with the North American Hockey League’s Lone Star Brahmas, during which he that team to a Robertson Cup championship in 2016-17.
A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Riepe now lives in Hartford with his wife, Taylor, and their French Bulldog puppy, Kane.
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