Brad Shaw

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Brad Shaw
Born (1964-04-28) April 28, 1964 (age 52)
Cambridge, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Right
Played for Hartford Whalers
Ottawa Senators
Washington Capitals
St. Louis Blues
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 86th overall, 1982
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 1984–1999

Bradley William Shaw (born April 28, 1964) is a Canadian ice hockey coach and former professional ice hockey player. He is currently an assistant coach for the Columbus Blue Jackets. Shaw was an assistant coach for the St. Louis Blues from 2006 to 2016.

Junior Hockey[edit]

Ottawa 67's (1981–1984)[edit]

Shaw joined the Ottawa 67's of the OHL at the age of 17 in 1981-82 season. In his rookie season, Shaw led all 67's defensemen with 72 points, scoring 13 goals and adding 59 assists in 68 games, helping Ottawa into the playoffs. In 17 playoff games, Shaw scored a goal and 14 points, as the 67's lost to the Kitchener Rangers in the OHL finals.

Shaw saw his offensive production improve in his second season with the 67's in 1982–83 season, scoring 12 goals and 78 points in 63 games. In nine playoff games, Shaw scored two goals and 11 points, as the 67's lost to the Oshawa Generals in the Leyden Division finals.

In 1983–84, Shaw once again improved his offense, scoring 11 goals and 82 points in 68 games, helping the 67's to have the best record in the Leyden Division that season. In the playoffs, Shaw led the 67's in scoring, earning two goals and a team high 29 points in 13 games, as Ottawa won the J. Ross Robertson Cup, and earning a berth in the 1984 Memorial Cup. At the Memorial Cup, Shaw had a goal and five points in five games, as the 67's won the championship, defeating the Kitchener Rangers 7–2 in the final game at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium. Shaw was named to the 1983–84 OHL first all-star team, and won the Max Kaminsky Trophy, given to the most outstanding defenseman in the OHL.

Professional career[edit]

Hartford Whalers (1984–1992)[edit]

Shaw was originally drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the fifth round, 86th overall, in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft. His rights were traded to the Hartford Whalers for the Whalers eighth round draft pick in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft on May 29, 1984.

Shaw spent his first professional season splitting time between the Salt Lake Golden Eagles of the IHL and the Binghamton Whalers of the AHL in 1984-85. In 44 games with the Golden Eagles, Shaw had three goals and 32 points in 44 games. He finished the season with Binghamton, where in 24 games, Shaw had a goal and 11 points. In eight playoff games with Binghamton, Shaw finished third in team scoring with a goal and nine points in eight games.

He spent the majority of the 1985–86 in Binghamton, where in 64 games, Shaw scored 10 goals and 54 points to lead the defense in scoring. In five playoff games, Shaw earned two assists. Shaw made his NHL debut with the Hartford Whalers in 1985-86, appearing in eight games, where he recorded two assists.

In 1986–87, Shaw struggled offensively compared to previous season, as in 77 games with Binghamton, he scored nine goals and 39 points, although, he found his offensive touch in the playoffs, finishing third in team scoring with a goal and nine points in 12 games. Shaw won the Eddie Shore Award as the best defenseman in the AHL. Shaw also appeared in two games with Hartford in 1986-87, earning no points.

Shaw had a solid offensive season with Binghamton in 1987–88, scoring 12 goals and 62 points in 73 games. In four playoff games, Shaw led Binghamton in scoring with five points, all assists. Shaw again saw very limited action with Hartford in 1987–88, going pointless in one game.

Shaw began the 1988-89 season playing with HC Varese in Serie A in Italy, where in 35 games, he scored 10 goals and 40 points. In 11 playoff games, Shaw had four goals and 12 points with Varese. Shaw returned to the Whalers organization at the end of the 1988–89, where he appeared in three games with Hartford. On March 29, 1989, Shaw scored his first career NHL goal and point against Vincent Riendeau of the St. Louis Blues in a 4–0 Whalers victory. That would be his only point with the Whalers that season. Shaw would appear in three playoff games for the Whalers, as on April 8, 1989, Shaw earned his first career playoff goal and point against Brian Hayward of the Montreal Canadiens in a 5–4 loss.

Shaw had regular ice time with Hartford in 1989–90, as he appeared in 64 games, scoring three goals and 35 points, and was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team. On October 26, 1989, Shaw recorded four assists in a 7–3 victory against the New Jersey Devils. In the playoffs, Shaw led the Whalers in scoring, earning two goals and seven points in seven games, as the Whalers lost a thrilling first round series against the Boston Bruins. In the third game of the series on April 9, 1990, Shaw scored a goal and added three assists for a four-point game in a 5–3 Hartford win.

In 1990–91, Shaw played in 72 games with Hartford, scoring four goals and 32 points to lead the Whalers defense in scoring. In six playoff games, Shaw recorded a goal and three points, as Hartford would lose to the Boston Bruins in the Adams Division semi-finals.

In 62 games with the Whalers in 1991–92, Shaw would score three goals and 25 points to finish second among Whalers defenseman in scoring. Shaw saw action in three playoff games for the club, earning an assist as the Whalers lost to the Montreal Canadiens in the opening playoff round.

On June 13, 1992, the Whalers traded Shaw to the New Jersey Devils for cash. Shaw's stay with the Devils would be short-lived, as on June 18, 1992, he was chosen by the Ottawa Senators in the 1992 NHL Expansion Draft.

Ottawa Senators (1992–1995)[edit]

Shaw joined the Ottawa Senators for their inaugural season in 1992–93, and was named an alternate captain. Shaw played in 81 games with the Senators, scoring seven goals and 41 points to finish second among defensemen on the team.

Shaw was named a co-captain of the Senators with Mark Lamb to begin the 1993-94, a position they both held until March as the Senators named Gord Dineen. In 66 games, Shaw had four goals and 23 points, which was the highest among Senators defensemen that season.

In 1994-95, Shaw appeared in only two games with the Senators, getting no points. He finished the year with the Atlanta Knights of the IHL, where in 26 games, he had a goal and 19 points. In five playoff games with Atlanta, Shaw had seven points.

After the season, Shaw signed with the Detroit Vipers of the IHL.

Detroit Vipers (1995–1999)[edit]

Shaw joined the Detroit Vipers of the IHL as a player and an assistant coach to head coach Rick Dudley. In his first season with the club in the 1995–96 season, Shaw had seven goals and 61 points in 79 games. In eight playoff games, Shaw had two goals and five points, as Detroit lost to the Orlando Solar Bears.

Shaw returned as a player-assistant coach with the Vipers in 1996–97, as Steve Ludzik was named head coach of the team. In 59 games, Shaw had six goals and 38 points, finishing second in team defense in scoring. In 21 playoff games, Shaw had two goals and 11 points as the Vipers defeated the Long Beach Ice Dogs to win the Turner Cup.

Shaw was no longer an assistant coach in 1997–98, as he played in 64 games, scoring two goals and 35 points. In the playoffs, Shaw had a goal and 12 points in 23 games, as the Vipers lost to the Chicago Wolves in seven games in the Turner Cup final.

In 1998–99, Shaw began the season with the Vipers, where he scored 10 goals and 45 points in 61 games.

On March 8, 1999, Shaw left the Vipers, as he signed an NHL contract with the Ottawa Senators. The Senators placed Shaw on waivers, and on March 10, 1999, he was claimed by the Washington Capitals.

Washington Capitals (1998-1999)[edit]

Shaw returned to the NHL with the Washington Capitals in 1998–99, appearing in four games with the club, recording no points.

His stay with the Capitals was short, as on March 18, 1999, Shaw and the Capitals eighth round draft pick in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft were traded to the St. Louis Blues for the Blues sixth round draft pick in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.

St. Louis Blues (1998–1999)[edit]

Shaw finished the 1998–99 season with the St. Louis Blues, earning no points in 12 games. Shaw saw action in four playoff games, going pointless, as the Blues lost to the Dallas Stars in the second round.

Shaw announced his retirement from hockey following the season.

Coaching career[edit]

Tampa Bay Lightning (1999–2000)[edit]

Shaw was named an assistant coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning for the 1999-2000 season, working under head coach Steve Ludzik. The rebuilding club struggled to a 19-47–9–7 record, missing the playoffs.

Shaw resigned from the position after only one season.

Detroit Vipers (2000–2001)[edit]

Shaw joined the Detroit Vipers of the IHL as head coach of the team for the 2000-01 season. Shaw played with the Vipers from 1995-1999, helping them win the 1997 Turner Cup. In his only season with the team, Detroit struggled to a 23–53–6 record, missing the playoffs. The league folded after the season.

Springfield Falcons (2001–2002)[edit]

Shaw joined the Springfield Falcons of the AHL as an assistant coach, working under head coach Marc Potvin. Former Ottawa Senators teammate Norm Maciver was also an assistant coach. The Falcons were the Phoenix Coyotes AHL affiliate. In his only season with the club, Springfield missed the playoffs with a 35–41–2–2 record.

Cincinnati Mighty Ducks (2002–2005)[edit]

Shaw was named head coach of the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks of the AHL for the 2002–03 season, the Anaheim Mighty Ducks top affiliate, replacing Mike Babcock, who was promoted to the NHL. In his first season with the Mighty Ducks, the club struggled to a 26–35–13–6 record, failing to make the post-season.

Shaw returned to the team for the 2003-04 season, as Cincinnati struggled to a 29–37–13–1 record. The Mighty Ducks defeated the Houston Aeros in the qualifying round, defeating the Aeros two games to none, to earn a playoff berth. In the first round of the Calder Cup playoffs, the Mighty Ducks nearly defeated the heavily favoured Milwaukee Admirals, as they held a 3–2 series lead before losing the final two games to be eliminated.

Cincinnati improved during the 2004–05 season, as the team finished the season with a 44–31–1v4 record, making the playoffs. In the post-season, the Mighty Ducks got their revenge against the Milwaukee Admirals, defeating them in the first round. The Mighty Ducks would lose to the Chicago Wolves in the second round.

New York Islanders (2005–2006)[edit]

Shaw joined the New York Islanders of the NHL as an assistant coach under Steve Stirling for the 2005–06 season. After the Islanders struggled to an 18–22–2 record to start the season, the club fired Stirling, and named Shaw his replacement for the remainder of the season. Shaw won his first career game as a head coach, as the Islanders defeated the Calgary Flames 3–2 on January 12, 2006. Under Shaw, the Islanders posted an 18–18–4 record, and failed to qualify for the post-season. Shaw was relieved of his duties after the season.

St. Louis Blues (2006–2016)[edit]

Shaw joined the St. Louis Blues in 2006–07 as an assistant coach under Mike Kitchen. Kitchen was replaced shortly into the season by Andy Murray, however, Shaw remained with the team. The Blues missed the playoffs with a 34–35–13 record.

The Blues struggled once again in the 2007–08 season, as the club failed to qualify for the post-season with a 33–36–13 record with the second worst record in the Western Conference.

St. Louis improved in 2008–09, as the team posted a 41–31–10 record, earning a playoff berth for the first time since 2004. In the playoffs, St. Louis was swept by the Vancouver Canucks in the first round.

The Blues slumped in the 2009–10 season, as Andy Murray was replaced by Davis Payne as head coach. Shaw remained with the club, however, the Blues missed the playoffs with a 40–32v10 record.

St. Louis continued their downward slide during the 2010–11 season, as the Blues finished the season with a 38–33–11 record, once again failing the qualify for the post-season.

The Blues struggled to open the 2011–12 season, as St. Louis began the year 6-7–0, as the club fired head coach Davis Payne and replaced him with Ken Hitchcock. Shaw stayed with the team, and under Hitchcock, the Blues posted a 43–15–11 record and finished in second place in the Western Conference. In the playoffs, the Blues defeated the San Jose Sharks in five games, however, the club was swept by the Los Angeles Kings in the second round.

The Blues had a solid season during the lockout shortened 2012–13 season, earning a 29–17–1–1 record in 48 games, qualifying for the playoffs for a second consecutive season. In the playoffs, the Blues lost to the Los Angeles Kings for the second straight season, this time in six games in the first round.

In 2013–14, the Blues finished the season with a 52–23–7 record, finishing second in the Central Division. St. Louis opened the playoffs with two wins over the Chicago Blackhawks, however, the team would lose their next four games against the Blackhawks, and were eliminated in the first round.

After the 2015–16 season, he decided to move on and pursue other opportunities.[1]

Columbus Blue Jackets (2016-Present)[edit]

Shaw joined John Tortorella's staff with the Columbus Blue Jackets in June 2016, replacing Craig Hartsburg, who retired following the 2015-16 season.


Shaw's wife, Mary, is an author, and writer of the popular children's book series Brady, Brady, named after their son, Brady, who currently plays hockey for the University of Vermont Catamounts.[2][3]

NHL coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost OT/SO Win % Finish Won Lost Result
NYI 2005-06 18 18 4 .500 4th in Atlantic Division - - Missed Playoffs
Total 18 18 4 .500 0 Division
0 0 0 Stanley Cups


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Preceded by
Laurie Boschman
Ottawa Senators captain
with Mark Lamb
Succeeded by
Gord Dineen
Preceded by
Steve Stirling
Head coach of the New York Islanders
Succeeded by
Ted Nolan