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Nashville Predators Assistant Coaches and Coaching Staff 2023

By Kapil Sapkota / 25 July 2023 08:58 AM

Dan Hinote was hired as an assistant coach in September 2020
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Nashville Predators assistant coaches are Todd Richards, Dan Hinote, and Derek MacKenzie. Ben Vanderklok serves as the goaltending coach.

The coaching panel is led by Andrew Brunette. He took over John Hynes in May 2023 and became only the fourth coach in the Predators' history.

The 2022-23 season was not fruitful for Nashville Predators as they missed the playoffs for the first time since the 2013–14 season. They posted a meager 42-32-8 record and finished in the Central Division.

Following a disappointing season, John Hynes was fired from the position by the Preds management, which he had held from 2020 to 2023.

Nashville Predators Head Coach 2023

Andrew Brunette is the head coach of Nashville Predators. Brunette was introduced as the franchise's fourth head coach on May 31, 2023.

He is actually the former player of the Predators. Moreover, Andrew scored the team's first-ever goal during the 1998-99 NHL season.

Brunette has spent more than 25 years in the NHL as a player, coach, or front office member. He was serving as an associate coach for the New Jersey Devils during the 2022-23 season before joining the Preds.

"I am super excited to be back in Nashville and a part of the Predators organization," said Andrew. "I feel like this is coming full circle for my career - from pulling on the jersey for the first time 25 years ago to returning now to take care of some unfinished business."

Andrew Brunette speaking ahead of the 2022 NHL All-Star Weekend in Las Vegas. (Photo by David Becker)
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Brunette became an interim head coach of the Florida Panthers in the 2021-22 season. This was his first NHL head coaching job lasting less than a month into the campaign.

He helped the team to the best regular season in franchise history. Florida recorded 58-18-6 (122 points) en route to the President's Trophy.

Brunette has experience working as an assistant coach for the Panthers in the previous two seasons and reached the postseason both times.

He was stuck with the Minnesota Wild organization for seven seasons prior to his journey with the Panthers. He occupied different roles and qualified for the playoffs on six occasions.

During his 16-season NHL career, Brunette appeared in 1,110 games. The forward played for Washington Capitals, Nashville Predators, Atlanta Thrashers, Minnesota Wild, Colorado Avalanche, and Chicago Blackhawks, accumulating 733 points.

Nashville Predators Coaching Staff

Nashville Predators coaches ahead of the 2023-24 NHL season are listed below.

Coach NameDesignation
Andrew BrunetteHead Coach
Todd RichardsAssistant Coach
Dan HinoteAssistant Coach
Derek MacKenzieAssistant Coach
Ben VanderklokGoaltending Coach
Lawrence FeloneyAssistant Coach, Video
Andrew MelocheVideo Coordinator
Sebastien BordeleauSkills Coach

Todd Richards started his coaching career as an assistant coach for the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL. He spent 4 seasons with the Admirals.

Richards signed with San Jose Sharks as an assistant coach for the 2008-09 season. In June 2009, he became the second head coach of the Minnesota Wild. Before Todd made his journey with the Preds, he was serving as assistant coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Todd Richards has an illustrious career of leading teams in the NHL
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Dan Hinote coaching career started with the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2010. He served the Blue Jackets till 2014 and started working full-time with Wedbush Securities as a stock broker.

Dan was also working for the Columbus Blue Jackets as a scout. He then joined the Predators in September 2020 as an assistant coach.

Derek MacKenzie began his coaching career with the Florida Panthers in 2019 and stayed until the 2021-2022 NHL season. He was the captain of the Panthers franchise from 2016 to 2018.

Dereck became the head coach of the Sudbury Wolves during the 2022-23 season. He was selected for the assistant Predator role in June 2023.

Ben Vanderklok dived into Port Colborne Pirates in 2003. The Golden Horseshoe Junior Hockey League (Junior B) was served by Ben as a coach. He guided Brock University’s (Ontario) goalies as a trainer from 2007 to 2009.

He has been running Ben Vanderklok Goaltending since 2003. It conducts camps and clinics in the St. Catharine’s, Ontario region. He is with the Predators franchise as a goaltending coach since 2014.

Lawrence Feloney embarked on the journey with the University of Massachusetts-Amherst men’s hockey team as a manager and video coordinator in 2003.

He served the American Hockey League's Albany Devils for four seasons as the video coordinator. Feloney has been working for Nashville since the 2010-11 season.

Andrew Meloche has been working with the Predators as a video coordinator since 2017. Prior to the Nashville franchise, he was working at the University of New Hampshire as a video coordinator for the men's hockey team.

Sebastien Bordeleau was serving Montreal Canadiens as a skill coach consultant with prospects and the AHL team. Bordeleau is working for the Predators franchise as a skills coach since 2019.

Nashville Predators General Manager

Barry Trotz speaking with the media during his tenure at NY Islanders
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Barry Trotz is the general manager of the Nashville Predators. He was announced to replace David Poile for the role effective from July 1, 2023.

Trotz has previous coaching experience with the Preds, Washington Capitals, and New York Islanders. He currently stands third all-time in NHL coaching wins behind Scotty Bowman and Joel Quenneville.

Barry was selected as the head coach of the Predators on August 6, 1997, even before the team began play. Nashville won 28 games which is the third-highest for an expansion team to date.

Moreover, Trotz is also the proud record holder for most games coached by the first coach of an NHL expansion franchise in the form of Preds.

Other front office staff of Nashville Predators are:

Hockey Operations StaffsDesignation
Barry TrotzGeneral Manager
David PoileSenior Advisor
Jeff KealtyAssistant GM & Director of Scouting
Brian PoileAssistant GM & Director of Hockey Operations
Scott NicholAssistant GM, Milwaukee Admirals GM & Director of Player Development
Brandon WalkerDirector of Team Services & Player Relations
Matt HamannManager, Hockey Analytics & Operations
Dalton LinkusResearch and Data Development Engineer
Jeff ZavatskyHockey Administration & Operations Manager
Alexis BazydolaHockey Operations Coordinator
Jon ShermanHockey Operations Coordinator & Analyst

David Poile joined the Predators on July 9, 1997. Before that, he was serving as general manager of the Washington Capitals.

Poile has helped the Preds to 15 postseason appearances in the club's 25 years of history. That includes the past eight consecutive seasons which is the second-longest active streak in the NHL.

David announced his retirement as Predators' general manager on February 26, 2023. He has been in the post of senior advisor since then.

Jett Kelty is the current Assistant GM & Director of Scouting. Kelty became a part of the Predators' family in 2001 as an Amateur Scout. He was promoted to Director of Player Personnel in 2017.

The Quebec Nordiques selected Kelty in the first round with the 22nd overall pick in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. But he never played in the NHL.

Scott Nichol is a former player of the team who played from 2005 to 2009 for the franchise. In 2013, Nichol entered the Predators again as the director of player development.

The Predators promoted Nichol to the general manager of the team's AHL affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals in 2018.

Matt Hamann's journey with the Predators has been more than 10 years. He entered the franchise as a hockey operation intern in 2013.

He is currently serving the team as Manager, Hockey Analytics & Operations. Before Predators, he worked at Ohio Valley Conference as a Championships and Marketing Assistant from 2012-2013.

Alexis Bazydola serves as the Hockey Operations Coordinator of the Preds
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Alexis Bazydola, the only lady on the hockey operations team of the franchise is currently serving as the Hockey Operations Coordinator.

Bazydola joined the Preds as a receptionist and HR assistant in 2021. She was previously manager at Jonathan's Grille - Providence, LLC.

Nashville Predators Roster 2023

The complete list of Nashville Predators players along with their age are mentioned below.


  • Filip Forsberg (28)
  • Cody Glass (24)
  • Denis Gurianov (26) 
  • Tommy Novak (26)
  • Gustav Nyquist (33)
  • Ryan O'Reilly (29)
  • Juuso Parssinen (23)
  • Colton Sissons (28)
  • Cole Smith (27)
  • Yakov Trenin (26)


  • Tyson Barrie (32)
  • Alexandre Carrier (26) 
  • Dante Fabbro (25)
  • Roman Josi (C) (33)
  • Jeremy Lauzon (26)
  • Ryan McDonagh (A) (34)
  • Luke Schenn (33)


  • Kevin Lankinen (27)
  • Juuse Saros (27)

Nashville Predators Latest Signings 

July 2023

  • July 9, 2023: Michelle Kennedy was selected as president and alternate governor.
  • July 7, 2023: Dionna Widder was named chief revenue officer.
  • July 6, 2023: Denis Gurianov was signed to a one-year contract.
  • July 1, 2023: Tanner Molendyk and Kalan Lind were signed to three years entry-level contracts.

June 2023

  • June 28, 2023: Jasper Weatherby was signed to a one-year, two-way contract.
  • June 27, 2023: Mark Borowiecki was hired as Pro Development Coach.
  • June 26, 2023: Luke Schenn was signed to a three-year contract, Gustav Nyquist signed to a two-year contract, and Ryan O'Reilly signed to a four-year contract.
  • June 24, 2023: A 2024 fourth-round draft pick from Tampa Bay Lightning was acquired for a 2023 fourth-round draft pick.
  • June 22, 2023: Jake Livingstone was signed to a two-year, two-way contract.
  • June 19, 2023: Alex Galchenyuk was acquired from Colorado in exchange for Ryan Johnson.
  • June 17, 2023: Derek MacKenzie was named as an assistant coach.
  • June 1, 2023: The affiliation agreement with the Atlanta Gladiators (ECHL) was announced.

April 2023

  • April 30, 2023: Fedor Svechkov was signed to a three-year, entry-level contract.
  • April 25, 2023: Jack Matier was assigned to Milwaukee (AHL).
  • April 14, 2023: Tomas Vomacka from Norfolk (ECHL) was reassigned to Milwaukee (AHL).
  • April 11, 2023: Michael McCarron and Kiefer Sherwood were signed to one-year contracts.
  • April 7, 2023: Egor Afanasyev and D Kevin Gravel were reassigned to Milwaukee (AHL) from loan.
  • April 6, 2023: Kevin Gravel was recalled from Milwaukee (AHL).
  • April 5, 2023: Kevin Gravel was reassigned to Milwaukee (AHL).
  • April 3, 2023: Kevin Gravel was recalled from Milwaukee (AHL).
  • April 1, 2023: Zach Sanford was recalled from Milwaukee (AHL), and Kevin Gravel was reassigned to Milwaukee.

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