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Quesnel’s Mitch Love wins AHL coach of the year

In Love’s first season coaching with the Stockton Heat, he helped them finish 2nd in league standings
The Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award honours a former owner/general manger, and member of the AHL Hall of Fame. (AHL/Stockton Heat Graphic)

Quesnel’s Mitch Love continues to climb the ladder of coaching excellence.

In his first year as an American Hockey League head coach, he won the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as the AHL’s outstanding coach. The award is voted on by fellow coaches and media across the league.

Love, who played minor hockey in Quesnel before logging 278 AHL games as a player, led the Stockton Heat to the best-ever record by a Calgary Flames AHL affiliate.

The Heat had the best record in the Pacific Division, and second-best record across the AHL, finishing with 45 wins.

“Stockton also ranked third in the AHL in both goals for (3.56) and goals allowed (2.72) per game, joining Norfolk (2011-12) and Toronto (2017-18) as the only teams to finish among the top three in both categories in the same season in the last decade,” a news release from the AHL reads.

Love joined the Heat after a successful stint as head coach of the Saskatoon Blades. He also helped coach internationally with Hockey Canada’s junior programs.

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