Former Ice coach Cassidy back in NHL

Bruce Cassidy, a mainstay with the Indianapolis Ice as a player and coach throughout the team’s 11-year tenure in the International Hockey League, is back in the NHL.

The Boston Bruins announced Cassidy has been promoted to assistant coach Tuesday morning.

Cassidy has been the head coach of the AHL’s Providence Bruins for five seasons, and has been in the organization for eight years. He will assist Claude Julien – currently the longest-tenured head coach in the NHL – with the Bruins.

He was a key piece of the Ice’s 1990 Turner Cup championship team as a defenseman, then returned to the team in 1994 as a player. He left during the 1996-97 season to become a coach in the ECHL, and returned to Indianapolis in 1998 to coach the Ice’s final IHL season. He had 97 points in 170 games with the Ice, and in 1999, coached the team to its first postseason series victory since the Turner Cup championship nine years before.

Cassidy was the Washington Capitals’ head coach from 2002-04, and was also an assistant with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2005-06. After a brief stint as a head coach in the Ontario Hockey League, he joined the Providence Bruins as an assistant in 2008 and became their head coach in 2011.

Cassidy is one of several former IHL Ice players in coaching or front office positions – including Boston’s. Former IHL Ice players Adam Creighton and Dean Malkoc are both on the Bruins’ staff as scouts.

Bruce Cassidy hoists the Turner Cup in 1990.

Bruce Cassidy hoists the Turner Cup in 1990.