The Bruins will have at least one hole to fill on their coaching staff for the 2022-23 season, as Kim Brandvold has officially departed the organization to join Boston University men’s ice hockey team as an assistant coach.
Brandvold, who had served as the B’s skating and skills coach for the last seven years, will reunite with ex-Bruins assistant coach and current Terriers head coach Jay Pandolfo as part of the move to Comm Ave.
“I’m thrilled that Kim is joining our staff,” Pandolfo said in a statement Thursday. “He is one of the most well-respected skills coaches in the game who has helped develop some of the elite skaters in professional hockey. Our players will benefit greatly from Kim’s knowledge and expertise. He will be a real asset for our program and I’m looking forward to working with him again.”
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Brandvold is likely just the first of multiple changes to the B’s coaching staff this offseason. There’s been rumblings — and for quite some time now — that assistant coach Kevin Dean could be on his way out. Dean, who joined the NHL coaching staff in 2017 after spending the previous six seasons with the P-Bruins (five as an assistant and one as head coach), has run the defense throughout his time with the Bruins. And there’s also been talk of the Bruins changing their coaching strategies.
The latter, by the way, came right from the top via team president Cam Neely last month.
“I think we have to look at making some changes as far as how we play and the way we do some of the things,” Neely said of the coaching staff. “I think Bruce [Cassidy] is a fantastic coach. I mean, he’s brought a lot of success to this organization. I like him as a coach. So, we’ll see where it goes. But I do think we need to make some changes. And I think Bruce, a couple of days ago, he alluded to that. So, we’ll see where that goes with that.”