Former Capitals forward Steve Konowalchuk is back in the NHL.
Weeks after winning his first career championship as head coach of the WHL’s Seattle Thunderbirds, Konowalchuk has been hired as an assistant coach by the Anaheim Ducks. The move comes after the Ducks and assistant coach Paul MacLean agreed to mutually part ways on June 1.
Konowalchuk has history with Carlyle as both were a member of the Washington Capitals during the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons. Konowalchuk was near the end of his playing career when Carlyle was hired as an assistant coach by the Caps to work with rookie head coach Bruce Cassidy.
This is the second time Konowalchuk has served as an assistant coach in the NHL. He previously served as an assistant for two years with the Colorado Avalanche.