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LOUIS A.R. PIERI AWARD

pieri_200.jpg The Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award, instituted during the 1967-68 season and voted upon by members of the AHL media and league coaches, honors the outstanding head coach in the American Hockey League each season.

The award is named for the late Louis A.R. Pieri, a long-time contributor to the AHL as owner of the Providence Reds.

A graduate of Providence’s prestigious Brown University, Pieri became general manager of the Rhode Island Auditorium and its primary tenant, the Providence Reds, in 1929, and helped guide the team into the American Hockey League as one of its charter members in 1936.

The Pieri family soon took over ownership of the arena and of the Reds and helped build an AHL tradition for generations of Rhode Islanders to come. Under Pieri’s watch, the Reds won a total of eight AHL division titles and four Calder Cup championships (1938, 1940, 1949, 1956).

2013-14 Jeff Blashill Grand Rapids Griffins
2012-13 Willie Desjardins Texas Stars
2011-12 Jon Cooper Norfolk Admirals
2010-11 John Hynes Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
2009-10 Guy Boucher Hamilton Bulldogs
2008-09 Scott Arniel Manitoba Moose
2007-08 Scott Gordon Providence Bruins
2006-07 Mike Haviland Norfolk Admirals
2005-06
Kevin Dineen
Portland Pirates
2004-05
Randy Cunneyworth
Rochester Americans
2003-04
Claude Noel
Milwaukee Admirals
2002-03
Claude Julien
Geoff Ward
Hamilton Bulldogs
2001-02
Bruce Cassidy
Grand Rapids Griffins
2000-01
Don Granato
Worcester IceCats
1999-2000
Glen Hanlon
Portland Pirates
1998-99
Peter Laviolette
Providence Bruins
1997-98
Bill Stewart
Saint John Flames
1996-97
Greg Gilbert
Worcester IceCats
1995-96
Robbie Ftorek
Albany River Rats
1994-95
Robbie Ftorek
Albany River Rats
1993-94
Barry Trotz
Portland Pirates
1992-93
Marc Crawford
St. John's Maple Leafs
1991-92
Doug Carpenter
New Haven Nighthawks
1990-91
Don Lever
Rochester Americans
1989-90
Jim Roberts
Springfield Indians
1988-89
Tom McVie
Utica Devils
1987-88
John Paddock
Hershey Bears (tie)
Mike Milbury
Maine Mariners (tie)
1986-87
Larry Pleau
Binghamton Whalers
1985-86
Bill Dineen
Adirondack Red Wings
1984-85
Bill Dineen
Adirondack Red Wings
1983-84
Gene Ubriaco
Baltimore Skipjacks
1982-83
Jacques Demers
Fredericton Express
1981-82
Larry Kish
Binghamton Whalers
1980-81
Bob McCammon
Maine Mariners
1979-80
Doug Gibson
Hershey Bears
1978-79
Parker MacDonald
New Haven Nighthawks
1977-78
Bob McCammon
Maine Mariners
1976-77
Al MacNeil
Nova Scotia Voyageurs
1975-76
Chuck Hamilton
Hershey Bears
1974-75
John Muckler
Providence Reds
1973-74
Don Cherry
Rochester Americans
1972-73
Floyd Smith
Cincinnati Swords
1971-72
Al MacNeil
Nova Scotia Voyageurs
1970-71
Terry Reardon
Baltimore Clippers
1969-70
Fred Shero
Buffalo Bisons
1968-69
Frank Mathers
Hershey Bears
1967-68
Vic Stasiuk
Quebec Aces