Garry Unger named coach of Alabama hockey team

Wednesday, June 11th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Pelham, Alabama-AP) -- Garry Unger, a seven-time NHL all-star for the Saint Louis Blues, has been named to coach a new minor league hockey franchise in suburban Birmingham, Alabama.

Unger was introduced as coach of the new World Hockey Association Two's Central Alabama team Tuesday.

Unger, a forward, was also the NHL's Rookie of the Year with the Detroit Red Wings for the 1968-1969 season.

He spend the past seven seasons as head coach of the Tulsa Oilers in the Central Hockey League, leading the Oilers to the league title in the 1992-1993 season. He posted a 292-and-276 record, ranking second in the CHL in career victories and first in games coached.

The World Hockey Association Two is expected to begin play in October.