Army, 27, joins the Railers HC as an assistant coach after spending the last four seasons (2014-18) playing in the ECHL and AHL. A former forward, Army played 159 games with the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL, was named to the ECHL All-Rookie Team in 2014-15 and served as captain his last two seasons in 2016-17 and 2017-18. Derek has spent considerable time in the AHL as well, including stops in Portland, Ontario, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Texas, Milwaukee, and Tucson for a total of 97 games. He spent three years playing under Russell while at Providence College (2011-14), and was named assistant captain his senior year in 2013-14, during Russell’s tenure as assistant coach for the Friars.
The North Kingston, Rhode Island native continues a family coaching legacy as his father, Tim Army, who currently serves as an assistant coach for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL), has a storied coaching career that includes successful campaigns with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Washington Capitals, Colorado Avalanche, and Portland Pirates (AHL). Tim also served as assistant coach for Team USA at the 1994 and 1996 Men’s World Ice Hockey Championships, and the 2004 and 2012 World Cup of Hockey. His coaching tenure also includes five years (1988-93) as assistant coach and six as head coach (2005-11) at Providence College.