John Paddock

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John Paddock
Born (1954-06-09) June 9, 1954 (age 63)
Oak River, Manitoba, Canada
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Right wing
Shot Right
Played for Washington Capitals
Philadelphia Flyers
Quebec Nordiques
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 37th overall, 1974
Washington Capitals
WHA Draft 57th overall, 1974
Minnesota Fighting Saints
Playing career 1975–1983

Alvin John Paddock (born June 9, 1954) is a Canadian professional ice hockey coach and former player, currently the head coach and senior vice-president of hockey operations of the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League (WHL).[1] He is a former head coach of the Winnipeg Jets and Ottawa Senators. During his long career in the American Hockey League (AHL), he won five Calder Cup championships (two as a player, three as a head coach) and was inducted into the AHL's Hall of Fame in 2010.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Selected in the 1974 NHL Entry Draft by the Washington Capitals, Paddock only played eight games with the Capitals before he was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers. He played a memorable role in the 1980 Stanley Cup Finals against the New York Islanders, scoring the tying goal to send Game 6 of the Finals into overtime. However, Bob Nystrom scored at 7:11 of overtime to win the Stanley Cup for New York.

Throughout his career, Paddock had a difficult time trying to crack the lineup on an NHL team. Playing primarily in the minors, in particular the Maine Mariners of the American Hockey League (AHL), Paddock retired as a player in 1983–84 and moved to coaching.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1972–73 Brandon Wheat Kings WCHL 11 3 2 5 6 6 2 2 4 4
1973–74 Brandon Wheat Kings WCHL 68 34 49 83 228
1974–75 Richmond Robins AHL 72 26 22 48 206 7 5 3 8 38
1975–76 Richmond Robins AHL 42 11 14 25 98 8 0 3 3 5
1975–76 Washington Capitals NHL 8 1 1 2 12
1976–77 Springfield Indians AHL 61 13 16 29 106
1976–77 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 5 0 0 0 9
1977–78 Maine Mariners AHL 61 8 12 20 152 8 0 0 0 25
1978–79 Maine Mariners AHL 79 30 37 67 275 10 9 1 10 13
1979–80 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 32 3 7 10 36 3 2 0 2 48
1980–81 Maine Mariners AHL 22 8 7 15 53 18 10 6 16 48
1980–81 Quebec Nordiques NHL 32 2 5 7 25 2 0 0 0 0
1981–82 Maine Mariners AHL 39 6 10 16 123 3 0 1 1 18
1982–83 Maine Mariners AHL 69 30 23 53 188 13 2 2 4 18
1982–83 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 10 2 1 3 4
1983–84 Maine Mariners AHL 17 3 6 9 34
NHL totals 87 8 14 22 86 5 2 0 2 48
AHL totals 462 135 147 282 1,235 67 26 16 42 165

Coaching career[edit]

Paddock began coaching with the Maine Mariners of the AHL. He later coached in Hershey, Pennsylvania, winning the Calder Cup as coach of the 1988 AHL champion Hershey Bears. He was named head coach of the NHL's Winnipeg Jets in 1991, becoming the first Manitoba-born coach of the franchise. Later, he would also become its general manager and would relinquish his coaching duties in early 1994. He remained as the general manager—even after the Jets relocated to Phoenix, Arizona, to become the Phoenix Coyotes—until December 1996.

After two years as a scout with the New York Rangers, Paddock would return to head coaching in 1999, primarily in the AHL. He was head coach of the Hartford Wolf Pack from 1999–2002, winning his second AHL Championship in the 1999–2000 season.

Paddock joined the Ottawa Senators organization in 2002 as coach of their AHL affiliate, the Binghamton Senators, from 2002–2005. In 2002, he was promoted to the assistant coach of the Ottawa Senators. When Ottawa head coach Bryan Murray was promoted to general manager in July 2007 following the team's Stanley Cup Finals appearance, Paddock became head coach of Ottawa, the sixth head coach in modern Senators' history.

Paddock's term with Ottawa started extremely well. In the first 17 games of the season, the club set records for the best start in NHL history, winning 15 of their first 17 games. In the 2007–08 season, Paddock was the head coach of the Eastern Conference team for the All-Star game as Ottawa had the best record in the East. However, on February 27, 2008, Murray fired Paddock after several lackluster performances by the team in February, and a generally poor record since the first 17 games of the year. Murray would serve as head coach for the remainder of the 2007–08 season and playoffs, with a 7–9–2 record. The Senators were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.

In August 2008, Paddock returned to the Philadelphia Flyers organization, hired to be head coach of their AHL affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms. On July 9, 2009, he was appointed assistant general manager of the Flyers. On June 18, 2014, Paddock was released by the Philadelphia Flyers organization.

On August 6, 2014, Paddock was hired by the Western Hockey League (WHL)'s Regina Pats as head coach and senior vice-president of hockey operations. Following his first season behind the Pats' bench, Paddock was named the Dunc McCallum Trophy winner as the WHL's 2015 Coach of the Year.

NHL coaching record
Team Year Regular Season Post Season
G W L T OTL Pts Finish Result
WIN 1991–92 80 33 32 15 - 81 4th in Smythe Lost in first round
WIN 1992–93 84 40 37 7 - 87 4th in Smythe Lost in first round
WIN 1993–94 84 24 51 9 - 57 6th in Central Missed playoffs
WIN 1994–95 33 9 18 6 - (39) 6th in Central (resigned)
OTT 2007–08 64 36 22 - 6 (94) 2nd in Northeast (fired)
Total 343 142 160 37 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Regina Pats Announce Structure for the Future!". Regina Pats. 
  2. ^ "Bio – John Paddock – Philadelphia Flyers – Team". Philadelphia Flyers. Retrieved February 5, 2011. 

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Preceded by
Mike Smith
General Manager of the original Winnipeg Jets / Phoenix Coyotes
199496
Succeeded by
Bobby Smith
Preceded by
Bob Murdoch
Head coach of the original Winnipeg Jets
199195
Succeeded by
Terry Simpson
Preceded by
Bryan Murray
Head coach of the Ottawa Senators
2007–08
Succeeded by
Bryan Murray