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Kurt Kleinendorst (born December 31, 1960 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota) is an ice hockey coach who was most recently the head coach of the Lowell Devils, the AHL affiliate of the New Jersey Devils. He was previously an assistant coach and later a scout for the Devils.

Kleinendorst played four seasons at Providence College and was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997. He was selected in the fourth round (77th overall) in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers but never played in the NHL. He played in the minor pros and in Europe. In 1984 he played on the United States Olympic team. Kurt retired in 1990.

Kurt coached the Raleigh Icecaps from 1991 to 1997 (except for 1994-95 when he was an assistant coach for the San Diego Gulls. In 1997 he became head coach of the Manchester Storm in the United Kingdom, winning the Coach of the Year Trophy in 1999-2000.

On July 13, 2009. it was announced that former New Jersey Devils star John MacLean would replace Kleinendorst as the head coach of the Lowell Devils.

He is the younger brother of former NHL player Scot Kleinendorst.

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