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Patrick Dwyer Hired as Charlotte Checkers Assistant Coach

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The former Hurricane has been added to Ryan Warsofsky’s coaching staff.

Jamie Kellner

The Carolina Hurricanes announced on Tuesday that Patrick Dwyer has been hired to be an assistant on Ryan Warsofsky’s coaching staff with the Charlotte Checkers.

During his playing career, Dwyer played in 416 NHL games across seven seasons with the Carolina Hurricanes. He played in the Hurricanes organization from 2006 through 2015 before playing a season in Sweden, returning to play one season for the AHL Checkers in 2016-17 (wherein he spent time as the team’s captain), and then finishing his playing career after two more seasons in Europe.

Hurricanes general manager Don Waddell issued the following statement with the news release:

“Patrick brings a wealth of knowledge from a long career. We’re excited to bring him back to the organization by adding him to the Checkers’ coaching staff.”

The Spokane, Washington native served in a dual player-coach role on the EIHL’s Belfast Giants last season.

The full news release from the team is below.

Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has hired Patrick Dwyer as Assistant Coach of the Charlotte Checkers.

“Patrick brings a wealth of knowledge from a long career,” said Waddell. “We’re excited to bring him back to the organization by adding him to the Checkers’ coaching staff.”

Dwyer, 36, skated in 416 NHL games with the Hurricanes from 2008-15, registering 93 points (42g, 51a). He also posted 196 points (94g, 102a) in 354 career AHL games with Chicago, Albany and Charlotte. Dwyer spent the 2018-19 season playing for the EIHL’s Belfast Giants, tallying 61 points (25g, 36a) in 38 games. The Spokane, Wash., native represented the United States at the 2012 IIHF World Championship, recording three points (1g, 2a) in eight games. Dwyer was drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the fourth round, 116th overall, of the 2002 NHL Draft and played four seasons of college hockey at Western Michigan.