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Chiefs add Stanley Cup champion Adam Deadmarsh to coaching staff

In this Dec. 26, 2009 file photo, Colorado Avalanche video coach Adam Deadmarsh waits to be interviewed in Denver. (David Zalubowski / Associated Press)
In this Dec. 26, 2009 file photo, Colorado Avalanche video coach Adam Deadmarsh waits to be interviewed in Denver. (David Zalubowski / Associated Press)
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The Spokane Chiefs announced Tuesday that Stanley Cup champion, Olympic silver medalist and World Cup gold medalist Adam Deadmarsh has joined the team as an assistant coach.

“When you have an opportunity to bring someone of Adam’s caliber into your organization, you jump at it,” said Chiefs’ General Manager Scott Carter. “He will be a great asset for our players’ development, both on and off the ice. Adam is a great role model for our guys.”

Deadmarsh, 42, played 567 NHL games over 10 seasons with the Quebec Nordiques, Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings. He was a first round (14th overall) pick by Quebec in 1993 and scored 373 points during his NHL career, including 184 goals, while piling on 819 penalty minutes. He tallied 40-plus points and 99-plus penalty minutes in five-straight seasons with Colorado from 1995-2000. Deadmarsh added 26 goals and 40 assists for 66 points in 105 career NHL playoff games, including five goals and 12 assists in 22 games during Colorado’s Stanley Cup run in 1996.

“I am very excited to be joining the Chiefs organization and family,” added Deadmarsh. “I look forward to assisting the coaching staff in any way I can. The Chiefs have an amazing fan base with tremendous enthusiasm and excitement for the game. I look forward to joining the staff and players in that environment.”

A dual Canadian-American citizen, Deadmarsh competed for Team USA in international play, winning a gold medal at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey and a silver medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Before making the leap to the NHL, he played 220 games over four seasons with the Portland Winter Hawks and represented the United States at the World Junior Championship three times, including as team captain in 1995.

Deadmarsh added coaching experience to his resume as an assistant with the Avalanche from 2009-2012.

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