- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 20, 2002

Tim Army, who has spent the past five seasons as an assistant coach with the Washington Capitals, yesterday was named coach of the Caps' top farm team, the Portland (Maine) Pirates of the American Hockey League.
Army, 39, replaces Glen Hanlon, who recently was named one of Washington coach Bruce Cassidy's assistants.
"I'm really excited. It's a tremendous opportunity" Army said. "It's the next step for me professionally in my continued development as a coach. I coached six years at Providence College as an assistant, nine years in the NHL as an assistant and now I think it's time to run my own team, my own bench be the person who has to make the difficult decisions."
Army joined former Caps coach Ron Wilson when Wilson was named the first coach of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in 1993 and worked with Wilson for nine years. Wilson was fired by the Caps on May 10 but his staff remained.
Army's appointment comes at a time when Washington is completing an overhaul of its developmental system. The Caps use Portland as their major development base, with about 20 prospects at various stages of readiness. They also utilize Richmond, in the East Coast Hockey League, as well as a team in the United Hockey League in the Midwest.
Army's principal strengths are his teaching abilities and his thorough advance scouting through the use of video.
"It's imperative for the parent team to have somebody educate their players so eventually they're ready to play in the NHL and already be familiar with that team's system," Army said. "But to me, that's the most fun part of coaching, that teaching element, working with players and their development. It's the critical element."
Army was teaching at a USA Hockey festival in Rochester, N.Y., this week when he was offered the job. He has been active in the U.S. National team program and the U.S. participation in the World Championship tournament for years.
Nicknamed "Turbo" because of his non-stop approach to everything, Army is a Rhode Island native and a graduate of Providence College, where he played hockey. He was awarded the Walter Brown Trophy as the best American-born player in New England as a senior and was a finalist in the Hobey Baker Trophy competition, college hockey's Heisman Trophy.
He played one year of pro hockey in the AHL, scoring 11 goals and 27 points for the Maine Mariners, located in Portland.


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