John Gruden

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John Gruden
Born (1970-06-04) June 4, 1970 (age 46)
Virginia, MN, USA
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Defense
Shot Left
Played for Boston Bruins
Ottawa Senators
Washington Capitals
Eisbären Berlin (DEL)
NHL Draft 168th overall, 1990
Boston Bruins
Playing career 1994–2004

John Daniel Gruden (born June 4, 1970) is an American former professional ice hockey defenseman and head coach of the Hamilton Bulldogs. He previously served as the inaugural head coach of the Flint Firebirds of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).

Playing career[edit]

Drafted 168th overall in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins, Gruden played for the Bruins, Ottawa Senators and Washington Capitals playing a total of 92 regular season games, scoring one goal and eight assists for nine points and collecting 46 penalty minutes. He also had a spell in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga in Germany for Eisbären Berlin. He played high school hockey in Hastings, Minnesota in the late 1980s.

Coaching career[edit]

He has worked as an assistant coach for the Detroit Little Caesars AAA hockey club, coaching for their Squirt 2000 squad. Coached a short stint for the storied Brother Rice JV Prep Squad (1-16), training the fists of forward Patrick VanDusen. He also spends time doing work on behalf of the Red Wings Alumni Association. Gruden coached the Stoney Creek High School Cougars hockey team in Rochester, Michigan along with fellow NHL alumnus Greg Johnson.

Most recently Gruden served as an assistant coach for the USA Hockey National Team Development Program, helping lead the United States to a gold medal at the 2014 IIHF World U18 Championships.[1]

On March 26, 2015, it was announced that Gruden would serve as the inaugural head coach for the Flint Firebirds of the Ontario Hockey League during the 2015–16 season.[1] In a highly publicized incident, he was fired a month into the season. Reports claim the firing was due to refusing to increase the playing time of defenseman Håkon Nilsen, the team owner's son, however team president Costa Papista denied the reports.[2][3] Following a successful player walkout, Gruden was reinstated as the Firebirds head coach and given a three-year contract extension.[4][5] On February 17, 2016, Gruden was again fired by the Firebirds.[6] On June 3, 2016, Gruden was named head coach of the Hamilton Bulldogs.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1989-90 Waterloo Black Hawks USHL 47 7 39 46 35
1990–91 Ferris State University CCHA 39 4 11 15 29
1991–92 Ferris State University CCHA 37 9 14 23 24
1992–93 Ferris State University CCHA 41 16 14 30 58
1993–94 Ferris State University CCHA 38 11 25 36 52
1993–94 Boston Bruins NHL 7 0 1 1 2
1994–95 Providence Bruins AHL 1 0 1 1 0
1994–95 Boston Bruins NHL 38 0 6 6 22
1995–96 Providence Bruins AHL 39 5 19 24 29
1995–96 Boston Bruins NHL 14 0 0 0 4 3 0 1 1 0
1996–97 Providence Bruins AHL 78 18 27 45 52
1997–98 Detroit Vipers IHL 76 13 42 55 74 23 1 8 9 16
1998–99 Ottawa Senators NHL 13 0 1 1 8
1998–99 Detroit Vipers IHL 59 10 28 38 52 10 0 1 1 6
1999–00 Ottawa Senators NHL 9 0 0 0 4
1999–00 Grand Rapids Griffins IHL 50 5 17 22 24 12 1 4 5 8
2000–01 Grand Rapids Griffins IHL 34 2 6 8 18 10 1 4 5 8
2001–02 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 57 3 14 17 48 5 1 0 1 2
2002–03 Berlin Polar Bears DEL 38 6 25 31 34 9 2 6 8 4
2003–04 Washington Capitals NHL 11 1 0 1 6
NHL totals 92 1 8 9 46 3 0 1 1 0

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-CCHA First Team 1993–94
AHCA West First-Team All-American 1993–94

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Flint Firebirds name hockey staff". Ontario Hockey League. March 26, 2015. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  2. ^ Joyce, Gare (November 9, 2015). "How Flint Firebirds firestorm came about". Sportsnet. Retrieved November 9, 2015. 
  3. ^ Sipple, George (November 9, 2015). "Flint Firebirds re-hire coaches after players protest". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved November 9, 2015. 
  4. ^ Seravalli, Frank (November 9, 2015). "Flint Firebirds re-hire coaches after player protest". TSN.ca. TSN. Retrieved November 9, 2015. 
  5. ^ Woodyard, Eric (November 9, 2015). "Report: Flint Firebirds players walk out after coach is fired". MLive. Retrieved November 9, 2015. 
  6. ^ Sipple, George (February 17, 2016). "Flint Firebirds fire coaches for second time this season". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved February 17, 2016. 
  7. ^ http://hamiltonbulldogs.com/article/bulldogs-name-john-gruden-new-head-coach

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Joe Cook
CCHA Best Offensive Defenseman
1993–94
Succeeded by
Kelly Perrault