Geoff Ward (ice hockey)

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Geoff Ward
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Geoff Ward (2007)
Born (1962-04-08) April 8, 1962 (age 55)
Waterloo, ON, CAN
Occupation Assistant Coach for New Jersey Devils

Geoff Ward (born April 8, 1962) is currently an assistant coach for the New Jersey Devils, and a former assistant coach for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League. His name was engraved on the Stanley Cup with the Boston Bruins in 2011.

Career[edit]

He started his coaching career as an assistant at the University of Waterloo in 1989 and remained on the Warriors’ coaching staff for three years.

In 1993-94, Ward guided the Waterloo Siskins to a MWJHL championship and then served a five-year stint as head coach of the Kitchener Rangers in the Ontario Hockey League.

His first coaching job in Europe came in 2000-01, when he worked for German second-division side EC Bad Nauheim.

Back in North America, Ward was named the American Hockey League's Coach of Year, winning the Louis A. R. Pieri Memorial Award for the 2002–03 AHL season.[1]

After two years with the Toronto/Edmonton Roadrunners organization,[2] he took over the Iserlohn Roosters of the German Deutsche Eishockey Liga,[3] before embarking on a seven-year stint as assistant coach of the Boston Bruins, contributing to winning the Stanley Cup in 2011.

As of June 19, 2014, it was announced that Ward will be taking over from Hans Zach as head coach for the German DEL pro hockey league's Adler Mannheim for the 2014-15 DEL season.[4] He won the DEL Coach of the Year award and the DEL Championship that same year. Ward's team won the regular season championship and lost only one playoff game on its way to the finals, where the Adler squad defeated ERC Ingolstadt 4-2: Mannheim won the first game of the finals in overtime and then lost two in a row. Three consecutive wins secured the title in the best-of-seven series.

On June 17, 2015, Ward was named an assistant coach for The New Jersey Devils.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award award winners at hockeydb.com
  2. ^ "Geoff Ward named Toronto Roadrunners head coach - OurSports Central". www.oursportscentral.com. Retrieved 2016-02-15. 
  3. ^ EISHOCKEY.INFO. "Iserlohn Roosters: Geoff Ward übernimmt die Roosters - Trainersuche beim Iserlohner DEL-Club beendet". EISHOCKEY INFO. Retrieved 2016-02-15. 
  4. ^ "Geoff Ward wird neuer Cheftrainer der Adler Mannheim". www.hockeyweb.de/del (in German). hockeyweb.de. June 19, 2014. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Devils name Geoff Ward, Alain Nasreddine as assistant coaches". devils.nhl.com. Retrieved 2016-02-15. 

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