Rich Kromm, Evansville IceMen
Head Coach/General Manager
Kromm was named the Head Coach and General Manager of the IceMen on August 19, 2010
The 47-year old Kromm helped led the first-year CHL franchise IceMen to 55 points and a 21-32-13 record. During the 2009-10 season, Kromm was the bench boss for the IHL's Muskegon Lumberjacks. Under his leadership, Muskegon posted a 51-20-5 record and captured the Huber Trophy as the league's regular season champions. Kromm's Lumberjacks posted the IHL's best home (30-7-1) and road (21-13-4) records, the league's longest overall winning (9 games) and undefeated (10 games) streaks, the circuit's longest home winning streak (11 games), and the league's best road unbeaten streak (11 games). Muskegon also scored the most goals in the league (282) while giving up the second-fewest (218).
Kromm's hockey experience is not limited to the bench, as he suited up for over 400 NHL games during his extensive playing career. Including playoffs, he compiled 72 goals and 109 assists in 408 games with the Calgary Flames and New York Islanders. Kromm also won an American Hockey League ("Triple-A") Calder Cup playoff title while playing for the Springfield Indians in 1990.
The native of Trail, British Columbia, was originally drafted 37th overall in the second round of the 1982 NHL Entry Draft. After playing in over 700 professional games, Kromm retired as a player in 1993 and took to coaching. In addition to Muskegon and Chicago, he has also coached the Cincinnati Cyclones (original IHL), Carolina Monarchs (AHL), Calgary Hitmen (WHL) and Portland Winter Hawks (WHL). In total, he has been behind the bench for over 600 professional and major-junior games.