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Hurricanes name Tim Gleason assistant coach, announce other hockey operations hires

The former long-time Hurricanes defenseman will join Rod Brind’Amour’s staff.

Jamie Kellner

The Hurricanes have filled the vacancy left on Rod Brind’Amour’s coaching staff left by Dean Chynoweth’s departure, and they’ve filled it with a familiar face. The team announced Thursday that Tim Gleason, who previously spent the past three seasons as the director of defensive development, would be Carolina’s new assistant coach.

Presumably, Gleason will take over Chynoweth’s duties as the team’s defensive coach. Gleason spent most of his 727-game career with the Hurricanes, playing in 546 contests over two stints, scoring 14 goals and 107 points.

The Hurricanes also announced a litany of other hockey operations hires Thursday, naming Peter Harrold director of defensive development, Nick Roy equipment manager, Zach Abdou hockey operations coordinator, Mark Craig director of pro scouting, Trace Linton a pro scout, Ryan Jessop and Ian Meagher amateur scouts, Christoph Wyss Chicago Wolves strength and conditioning coach and Cody Ward Chicago Wolves video coach.

The team’s official release on all of the promotions/new hires follows:


Hurricanes also announce hockey operations changes

RALEIGH, N.C. – Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that Tim Gleason has been hired as an assistant coach. The Hurricanes also announced the following changes to the team’s hockey operations department: Peter Harrold will lead defensemen development, Nick Roy has been named equipment manager, Zach Abdou has been named hockey operations coordinator, Mark Craig has been named director of pro scouting, Trace Linton has been named pro scout, Rhys Jessop and Ian Meagher have been named amateur scouts, Christoph Wyss has been named Chicago Wolves strength and conditioning coach and Cody Ward has been named Chicago Wolves video coach.

Gleason, 38, previously led defensemen development for the Hurricanes from 2018-21. Selected by Ottawa in the first round, 23rd overall, of the 2001 NHL Draft, Gleason played 727 career NHL games with Los Angeles, Carolina, Toronto and Washington from 2003-15, earning 142 points (17g, 125a). He was acquired by Carolina from Los Angeles on Sept. 29, 2006, and recorded 107 points (14g, 93a) in 546 games with the Hurricanes, serving as one of the team’s alternate captains for parts of four seasons from 2010-13. Gleason ranks first in blocked shots, second in hits (1,199) and penalty minutes (537) and ninth in games played in team history (since relocation). Among Hurricanes defensemen, he ranks first in hits and penalty minutes, second in shorthanded points (8), third in games played and seventh in assists. Gleason also appeared in 19 playoff games with Carolina, scoring the overtime, game-winning goal in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against New Jersey. The Clawson, Mich., native represented the United States at the 2001 and 2003 IIHF World Junior Championships and the 2008 IIHF World Championship and won a silver medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Harrold worked in skills development with the Hurricanes during the 2020-21 season. Harrold registered 42 points (13g, 29a) in 274 career NHL games with Los Angeles and New Jersey from 2006-15. Prior to turning professional, he played four seasons at Boston College from 2002-06, where he appeared in two Frozen Fours, including the 2006 National Championship game, and served as the Eagles’ captain as a senior. The Kirtland Hills, Ohio, native also represented the United States at the 2009 IIHF World Championship.

Roy previously worked for the Charlotte Checkers from 2015-20, serving as the visiting locker room attendant and the equipment assistant before being named assistant equipment manager ahead of the 2019-20 season. He also gained experience as a clubhouse assistant for the Charlotte Knights in 2014. While in those roles, Roy also served as director of baseball operations for Wingate University from 2010-17. He graduated from Wingate with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management and a master’s in sport administration.

Abdou previously served as a portfolio management analyst at Truist Securities within the Entertainment Industries Group. As hockey operations coordinator, he will focus on supporting the general manager and assistant general managers in managing the day-to-day activities of the organization. The Raleigh native is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Craig has served as a pro scout for the Hurricanes since 2015. Craig coached in the Compuware Youth program in the early 1980s before being hired as head coach of the Windsor Compuware Spitfires in 1984-85 and then as a scout for the Philadelphia Flyers in 1985-86. He later worked in the automotive industry and served as president of the Alexander Mangin Company before returning to hockey as general manager of the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) in 2014-15.

Linton has served as the Hurricanes’ video scouting coordinator since the 2017-18 season. Prior to joining the organization, Linton worked as a hockey operations intern and video scout with the Columbus Blue Jackets. He also previously interned with the Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL) and the University of Cincinnati’s men’s ice hockey team. Linton attended the University of Cincinnati, where he majored in Sport Administration.

Jessop previously worked for the Florida Panthers, beginning as a statistical consultant in 2016 before transitioning into an amateur scouting role from 2017-20. Jessop graduated from the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business with a Bachelor of Commerce in 2014.

Meagher served as assistant general manager of the Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL) from 2017-21. He also previously worked as head scout for the Saginaw Spirit (OHL) from 2015-17, media relations coordinator for the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2014-17 and media and community relations coordinator for the Toronto Marlies (AHL) from 2012-14. Originally drafted by Saginaw in the 2005 OHL Priority Selection, Meagher began as an area scout with the Barrie Colts (OHL) for parts of four seasons from 2011-15 and earned a degree in business administration from Western University’s Richard Ivey Business School.

Wyss has worked as the Anaheim Ducks’ assistant strength and conditioning coach for the past two seasons, assisting in the development and implementation of customized strength and conditioning programs for players throughout the season. Before joining the Ducks, he spent almost two years in China with the Chinese National Weightlifting and Speed Skating teams ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics and 2022 Winter Olympics. Wyss has also previously worked at P3 (Peak Performance Project), a private facility in Santa Barbara, Calif., that uses applied sport science to train athletes. Wyss received a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and a master’s degree in exercise physiology from California State University, Chico, and he is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach (CSCS) with additional certifications for USA Weightlifting (USAW) and Reflexive Performance Reset (RPR).

Ward started in hockey as the volunteer video coordinator for Die Adler Mannheim of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) during their league championship season in 2014-15. He has worked for the Canisius College men’s ice hockey team since 2017, serving as video coordinator and student manager while earning a degree in sports management.