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Islanders name Fraser assistant coach

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Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - The New York Thursday named former head coaches Curt Fraser and Jeff Jackson as assistants. Fraser was hired as the expansion ' first head coach in July 1999. He served in that role until being fired this past season after Atlanta got off to an 8-20-1-4 mark. Fraser also spent six seasons coaching in the International Hockey League. The 45-year-old Fraser was also a forward in the NHL for 12 seasons, ending his career with Minnesota in 1989-90. In 704 contests with Vancouver, Chicago and the North , Fraser totaled 193 goals and 240 assists. "I wanted to put together a staff with a lot of experience at all levels of the game," said new head coach Steve Stirling. "To be able to bring in a man like Curt Fraser, who had a long NHL career as a player and was a head coach in the NHL the last four seasons in the Eastern Conference, is a huge benefit to me. And it's not every day that you get to hire a man who was the head coach of two NCAA champions as your assistant, so I'm thrilled Jeff Jackson accepted my invitation to be part of the family." Jackson compiled a 182-52-25 record and won two NCAA championships in his six seasons as head coach at Lake Superior State. He left Lake Superior State in 1996 to help start the U.S. National Team Development Program. Jackson served as the head coach of the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League the last two-plus seasons.

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