Constantine Out in Houston

     This on Thursday from the Minnesota Wild on the release of Houston coach Kevin Constantine, an International Falls native:

     Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced that Houston Aeros Head Coach Kevin Constantine will not return for the 2010-11 American Hockey League season. The search for a new head coach is underway.

     “We thank Kevin for his time and commitment to the Houston Aeros during the last three seasons and wish him the best in his future endeavors,” said Houston Aeros General Manager Jim Mill.
    Constantine, 51, compiled a record of 117-94-11-18 in three seasons with Houston and led the team to the playoffs in 2007-08 and 2008-09. The Aeros finished the 2009-10 campaign in seventh place in the West Division with a 34-34-7-5 record. A total of 12 players from Houston appeared in an NHL game with the Wild this season.
    The native of International Falls, Minn., was named the seventh head coach in Aeros history on May 29, 2007. Constantine has been behind the bench as a head coach for 1,166 combined games, presiding over teams in the National Hockey League (NHL), AHL, United States Hockey League (USHL), International Hockey League (IHL) and Western Hockey League (WHL).