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Bruins hire Jay Pandolfo as development coach

Jay Pandolfo becomes the team’s first full-time development coach. The 39-year-old retired from the NHL after 2012-13. (Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff)

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Jay Pandolfo becomes the team’s first full-time development coach. The 39-year-old retired from the NHL after 2012-13.

Jay Pandolfo, who played in 18 games for the Bruins in 2012-13, is returning to the organization as a development coach. The team announced Pandolfo’s hiring on Wednesday.

Pandolfo, a Burlington native and four-year Boston University standout, will work with prospects throughout the team’s system. Pandolfo appeared in 899 career NHL games for the Bruins, Islanders, and Devils, scoring 100 goals and 126 assists. The left wing played in 812 games for New Jersey, where he earned a reputation as a top defensive forward and penalty killer. Pandolfo played the lockout-shortened season with his hometown team after earning a tryout.

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Pandolfo becomes the team’s first full-time development coach. The 39-year-old retired from the NHL after 2012-13.

The Bruins also announced a long-term affiliation agreement with Providence as their AHL franchise. Bruins assistant GM Don Sweeney will also serve as Providence’s GM. Sweeney had been working closely with Providence in his position as assistant GM and earlier as director of player development.

Fluto Shinzawa can be reached at fshinzawa@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeFluto.
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