Rich Preston

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Rich Preston
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Preston watching a Flames pre-game skate
Born (1952-05-22) May 22, 1952 (age 62)
Regina, SK, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Houston Aeros (WHA)
Winnipeg Jets (WHA)
Chicago Black Hawks
New Jersey Devils
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1974–1987

Richard John Preston (born May 22, 1952 in Regina, Saskatchewan) is a Canadian ice hockey coach and former forward.

Preston began his pro career in the World Hockey Association in the 1974-75 season with the Avco World Trophy champion Houston Aeros. He then played three more years with the Aeros before joining the Winnipeg Jets in 1978-79. The Jets won the Avco World Trophy in 1979 (the league's final year) and Rich was named Most Valuable Player of the WHA playoffs.

Preston started his National Hockey League career with the Chicago Black Hawks in 1980. He also played for the New Jersey Devils. He left the NHL after the 1987 season. Most recently Preston served as an assistant coach for the Calgary Flames from the 2003-2004 NHL season until just after the 2008-2009 NHL season. Shortly after his dismissal from the Flames, Preston was hired as the WHL's Lethbridge Hurricanes head coach and general manager. After four years in Lethbridge without a single playoff game, Preston was fired from both roles before any team advanced past the first round of the 2013 WHL playoffs.[1]

Prior to his NHL career, Preston played for the University of Denver Pioneers.

He is the son of Ken Preston, general manager of the Saskatchewan Roughriders from 1958–1977 and a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.[2]

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