Paul Gardner (ice hockey)
Coach of the Hamburg Freezers, 2009
March 5, 1956 |
Fort Erie, ON, CAN
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)|
Rhode Island Reds
New Brunswick Hawks
Toronto Maple Leafs
|NHL Draft||11th overall, 1976
Kansas City Scouts
|WHA Draft||24th overall, 1976
Drafted in 1976 by both the Kansas City Scouts of the National Hockey League and Toronto Toros of the World Hockey Association, Gardner followed the Scouts franchise when it relocated to Colorado, where he played for parts of three seasons. He would also play for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, and Buffalo Sabres. Gardner was an effective presence in front of the net, and was a skilled scorer. He led the American Hockey league in scoring twice (1985 and 1986). A popular player, his limited skating skills curtailed a promising career.
Shortly after his playing career ended, Gardner jumped in to the coaching profession, becoming head coach of the Newmarket Saints of the American Hockey League for four seasons. He would later become an assistant coach for the Baltimore Skipjacks (later Portland Pirates after their relocation) under coach Barry Trotz. Both Trotz and Gardner would later be promoted to the NHL level when they moved to Nashville to work for the expansion Predators. Gardner would be assistant coach through the 2002–03 season.
On December 18, 2008, he became the coach of the Hamburg Freezers of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga. On September 13, 2011 Gardner was named head coach of the Bloomington Blaze of the Central Hockey League. On January 18, 2013 Gardner was appointed head coach of the Braehead Clan of the Elite Ice Hockey League.
|1976–77||Rhode Island Reds||AHL||14||10||4||14||12||—||—||—||—||—|
|1978–79||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||11||7||2||9||0||6||0||1||1||4|
|1979–80||New Brunswick Hawks||AHL||20||11||16||27||14||15||10||5||15||5|
|1979–80||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||45||11||13||24||10||—||—||—||—||—|
- Profile at hockeydraftcentral.com
- Paul Gardner's biography at Legends of Hockey
- Paul Gardner's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
|Kansas City Scouts first round draft pick