February 11, 1957 |
Climax, SK, CAN
|Height||5 ft 8 in (173 cm)|
|Weight||160 lb (73 kg; 11 st 6 lb)|
|Played for||Moose Jaw Canucks
Swift Current Broncos
Desjardins began his hockey career playing for the Lethbridge Broncos from 1974 through 1977. He followed his junior hockey career by studying at the University of Saskatchewan and played with the Huskies under then head coach Dave King.
Desjardins began his coaching career at the University of Calgary in 1985 as assistant coach and became head coach in 1989. He then coached the Seibu Bears in Japan. He then returned to Canada and became head coach of the Saskatoon Blades midway through the 1997 season. He was then offered a job as an assistant coach for the Canadian National Men's Hockey Team.
Once hired by the Medicine Hat Tigers, Desjardins was instrumental in the Tigers first playoff appearance in five years in the 2002–2003 season, leading them to a Memorial Cup appearance and their 4th WHL championship in 2003–2004, and a 96 point Eastern Conference regular season champion 2004–2005 season. Desjardins took on the duties of General Manager for the 2005–2006 season.
From 2010 to 2012, Desjardins served as the associate head coach of the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League before being selected as the head coach of their AHL team in Cedar Park, Texas in June 2012. On June 17, 2014, he lead his Texas Stars team to their first Calder Cup Championship.
Head coaching record
|Saskatoon Blades||1997–98||39||10||23||6||–||26||.333||4th in East||Lost in 1st Round|
|Medicine Hat Tigers||2002–03||72||29||34||2||7||67||.465||3rd in Central||Lost in 2nd Round|
|Medicine Hat Tigers||2003–04||72||40||20||9||3||92||.639||1st in Central||Won Championship|
|Medicine Hat Tigers||2004–05||72||45||21||4||2||96||.667||1st in Central||Lost in 2nd Round|
|Medicine Hat Tigers||2005–06||72||47||16||–||9||103||.715||1st in Central||Lost in 3rd Round|
|Medicine Hat Tigers||2006–07||72||52||17||–||3||107||.743||1st in Central||Won Championship|
|Medicine Hat Tigers||2007–08||72||43||22||–||7||93||.646||3rd in Central||Lost in 1st Round|
|Medicine Hat Tigers||2008–09||72||36||29||–||7||79||.549||2nd in Central||Lost in 2nd Round|
|Medicine Hat Tigers||2009–10||72||41||23||–||8||90||.625||3rd in Central||Lost in 2nd Round|
|WHL Totals||615||343||205||21||46||753||.612||4 Division Titles||9 Playoff Appearances
|Texas Stars||2012–13||76||43||22||11||97||.638||1st in South||Lost in 2nd Round|
|Texas Stars||2013–14||76||48||18||10||106||.697||1st in South||Won Calder Cup|
|AHL Totals||152||91||40||21||203||.668||2 Division Titles||2 Playoff Appearances
1 Calder Cup
- "Desjardins named coach in Texas". Retrieved June 13, 2012.
- "Willie Desjardins named Canucks head coach". Retrieved June 23, 2012.
|Head Coach of the Vancouver Canucks