Assistant CoachPatrick Dwyer became the fourth assistant coach in the Checkers’ AHL history on July 30, 2019.
This marks the first full-time coaching job for the 36-year-old, who retired from his playing career after the 2018-19 season – a campaign he spent as a player/assistant coach in the United Kingdom’s EIHL with the Belfast Giants.
Dwyer logged 14 pro seasons during his career and recorded 93 points (42g, 51a) in 416 NHL games, all with the Carolina Hurricanes. A fourth-round pick by Atlanta in 2002, he also appeared in 354 AHL games with Chicago, Albany and Charlotte – where he ranked fifth on the team in goals during his final North American season in 2016-17 – and 14 ECHL games with Gwinnett in 2004-05. Dwyer spent three of his last four seasons overseas, suiting up for MODO in the top Swedish league, Soenderjyske in Denmark and Belfast in the UK. Overall, Dwyer racked up 881 pro games during his playing career.
A native of Spokane, WA, Dwyer spent four years at Western Michigan University and earned the conference’s Rookie of the Year honors in 2001-02.