October 27, 1966 |
Humboldt, SK, CAN
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)|
New York Islanders
Capital District Islanders
Las Vegas Thunder
|NHL Draft||34th overall, 1985
New York Islanders
Brad R. Lauer (born October 27, 1966) is a Canadian ice hockey coach and former professional ice hockey player. He is currently an assistant coach for the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League (NHL). Lauer was drafted 34th overall in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders and played in the NHL for the Islanders, Chicago Blackhawks, Ottawa Senators, and Pittsburgh Penguins.
Born and raised in Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Lauer played three seasons with the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League (WHL). His success in his final two junior seasons caught the eye of the New York Islanders, who drafted him with the 34th selection of the 1985 NHL draft.
Lauer had successful rookie and sophomore seasons before being hindered by injuries but continued to play in the NHL until the completion of the 1995–96 regular season.
He made appearances with the Islanders, Chicago Blackhawks, Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins. Lauer was also a part of the Dallas Stars' system where he provided veteran leadership for their International Hockey League (IHL) affiliate, the Utah Grizzlies.
While also dressing for the American Hockey League (AHL) Springfield Indians, Capital District Islanders and the IHL Las Vegas Thunder, and Cleveland Lumberjacks he retired following 2001–02 season after playing one season with the Sheffield Steelers in the British Ice Hockey Superleague in which he took the role as player-coach and went on to win the Playoff Championship.
Lauer resides in Anaheim, California with his wife and two children. While coaching with the Kootenay ice, the coaching staff won the Coach of the Year award twice between 2002–03 and 2006–07 and were one of the most successful and consistent teams during that span.
On July 30, 2007, he was hired by the Nashville Predators to be the assistant coach of their primary developmental affiliate, the AHL's Milwaukee Admirals, staying with the team for both the 2007–08 and 2008–09 AHL seasons.
Brad left Milwaukee to rejoin his Kootenay Ice coaching partner Cory Clouston, who was now the head coach of the Ottawa Senators, as an assistant coach on July 23, 2009. Lauer was the first former Senators' player to serve on the team's coaching staff, but was not offered an extension on his expiring contract on April 9, 2011 after the team finished with the 5th worst record in the NHL that resulted in himself, assistant coach Greg Carvel, and Head Coach Cory Clouston being let go by the team.
That off-season Lauer signed with the Anaheim Ducks to be an assistant coach with their farm team the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL for the 2011-12 season. However, early into that season the Anaheim Ducks fired their entire coaching staff (November 30, 2011)and Lauer was promoted to assistant coach of the Anaheim Ducksreplacing Dave Farrish and Mike Foligno. where he was joined by Bruce Boudreau and Bob Woods who themselves had recently been released by the Washington Capitals.
- Ottawa Senators (2009-07-23). "Bulletin: Senators name Lauer as assistant coach". Senators.com. Retrieved 2009-07-23.