Shaun Van Allen will be entering his third season as head coach of the Ravens men’s hockey team in 2019-20.
Van Allen was hired as the Carleton Ravens men’s hockey interim head coach on July 19, 2017, becoming the third head coach in the modern era of the program (2007-present).
In his first season at the helm of the Raven in 2017-18, Van Allen guided Carleton to a 17-7-4 record and a fourth place regular season finish in the OUA East division, along with a 1-2 postseason record.
A native of Calgary, Van Allen appeared in 855 career NHL games over the course of 13 years, including six seasons over two stints with the Ottawa Senators (1996-2000, 2002-04). He also appeared for the Edmonton Oilers, Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Dallas Stars, and Montreal Canadiens.
After retiring as a player, Van Allen settled in the Ottawa region and broke into the hockey operations side of the game with the Senators organization as Director of Player Development (2006-07). He also acted as a part-time coaching consultant with the local Junior “A” Kemptville 73’s (2009-10) before joining the Ravens as an assistant under former head coach Marty Johnston in 2010. Van Allen was an assistant coach with the Ravens for seven seasons before taking on the head coach role in the summer of 2017.
Van Allen currently resides in Ottawa with his wife Colleen and three children Hayley, Logan and Aaron.