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WEDNESDAY SPORTS NEWS/Paul Gaustad and veteran coach Danny Flynn join Portland's coaching staff

The Portland Winterhawks have added two assistant coaches.

Former Winterhawks and NHL center Paul Gaustad has been hired in a player development role.

Danny Flynn, a veteran junior hockey coach in Canada, also joins VP/GM/head coach Mike Johnston and associate coach Kyle Gustafson.

Flynn replaces Oliver David who left to become head coach of Dubuque in the United States Hockey League. Gaustad fills a new position on staff.

Flynn, 59, is a veteran coach and general manager in both the Ontario Hockey League and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Last season he was head coach of the Saint John Sea Dogs, who finished with the best record in the QMJHL and reached the Memorial Cup semifinals.

Flynn has spent two seasons as a National Hockey League assistant coach, with the Islanders (2006-07) and the Sabres (2014-15).

Gaustad, 35, will work with Winterhawks forwards this season and also organize a development plan for each of the players on the club's protected list.

Gaustad played his youth hockey in the Portland area and played for the Winterhawks from 1999 to 2002 before an 11-year NHL career with Buffalo and Nashville. He retired from the NHL prior to last season.

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