Islanders name Richardson as assistant coach

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(TSX / STATS) -- The New York Islanders announced on Thursday that Luke Richardson will serve as an assistant coach under Doug Weight.

Richardson was an assistant coach with the Ottawa Senators from 2009-12 before residing as head coach of the team's American Hockey League affiliate in Binghamton from 2012-16. He also coached Canada's national team to the 2016 Spengler Cup championship and a runner-up finish at the Deutchland Cup while serving as an assistant.

"Luke brings a tireless work ethic and outstanding character to our organization," Weight said. "He'll have his hands on every aspect of the team, including our systems, skill development and team culture. Luke's coaching experience, including four years running an organization as head coach in Binghamton, make him an excellent addition to our staff."

Richardson collected 201 points (35 goals, 166 assists) in 1,417 NHL games while playing with six different teams from 1987-2008. The defenseman also won a gold with Team Canada at the 1994 World Championship and a silver medal in 1996.

Weight, who saw the interim tag taken off his job title on April 12, took over with 40 games remaining in the 2016-17 season. From that day -- Jan. 19 -- to the end of the regular season, the Islanders posted the best record in the NHL with 24 wins and 52 points.

Updated May 18, 2017