Lance Nethery

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Lance Nethery
Born (1957-06-28) June 28, 1957 (age 62)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for New York Rangers
Edmonton Oilers
NHL Draft 131st overall, 1977
New York Rangers
Playing career 1979–1988

Lance Nethery (born June 28, 1957) is a former professional ice hockey centre and coach, and current executive.

Playing career[edit]

Nethery was born in Toronto, Ontario, and raised in Burlington, Ontario. He attended Cornell University, playing for the Cornell Big Red, and midway through his college career he was selected by the New York Rangers, 131st overall, in the eighth round of the 1977 NHL Amateur Draft. The same year he was named to the ECAC Second All-Star team, and the following two seasons he was named to both the ECAC First All-Star Team and the NCAA East First All-American Team. He was also named ECAC Player of the Year in 1978.

Nethery still[when?] holds the Cornell records for assists and points in a season, as well as career assists and points.[citation needed] His scoring touch stayed with him as a professional player, and he averaged over a point per game in parts of three seasons with the New Haven Nighthawks and Springfield Indians of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Nethery played 41 National Hockey League games in two seasons, for the New York Rangers and Edmonton Oilers. After joining the Oilers in a trade for Eddie Mio, Nethery played only three more NHL games, despite putting up two points.

In 1982, Nethery left North America, signing with Duisburger SC in Germany.[1]

He played dominantly in the minor leagues before signing a contract with HC Davos of the Swiss Nationalliga A. Nethery won two championships with Davos, and retired in 1988.

Coaching and managing career[edit]

Nethery was named the head coach of Davos for the 1990–91 season, and was fired midway through. In 1993 he joined German hockey club Landshut as an assistant coach, and then became the head coach of Mannheim from 1994 to 1999, during which time his team won the league championship three times. In 1999 he became the head coach of Cologne, as well as general manager in 2000, until January 2002. During this time he also served as an assistant coach with Team Canada for the 2001 Deutschland Cup. He joined the Frankfurt Lions as head coach on April 11, 2002, and was subsequently elevated to general manager on February 5, 2003, leading the team to its first championship. He was hired as the GM of the DEG Metro Stars prior to the 2005–06 season. His contract, set to expire in 2008, was extended through 2012. Nethery and the Metro Stars parted ways by mutual consent in January 2012.[2]

He then served as chief executive officer of Düsseldorf's rival Kölner Haie between February 2013 and October 2014.[3][4]

In January 2015, Nethery was named team principal of German Oberliga side Füchse Duisburg[5] and also took over head coaching duties beginning with the 2016-17 campaign.[6] He was released on February 12, 2017,[7] but returned to the Füchse team on May 1, 2018 as sporting director.[8]


Nethery and his wife Elizabeth have a daughter, Meredith. Meredith graduated from Cornell University in 2009.

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-ECAC Hockey Second Team 1976–77 [9]
All-ECAC Hockey First Team 1977–78 [9]
AHCA East All-American 1977–78 [10]
All-ECAC Hockey First Team 1978–79 [9]
AHCA East All-American 1978–79 [10]


  1. ^ Thelen, Friedhelm. "Das Duell von einst". WAZ. Retrieved 2016-02-11.
  2. ^ EISHOCKEY.INFO. "Düsseldorfer EG: Lance Nethery verlässt Düsseldorf - Sportlicher Leiter geht nach sieben Jahren". EISHOCKEY INFO. Retrieved 2016-02-11.
  3. ^ "Lance Nethery wird neuer Haie-Geschäftsführer | Kölner Haie". Retrieved 2016-02-11.
  4. ^ "Niklas Sundblad neuer Cheftrainer der Kölner Haie – KEC stellt sportliche Führung um Uwe Krupp und Lance Nethery frei | Kölner Haie". Retrieved 2016-02-11.
  5. ^ "Lance Nethery mit sofortiger Wirkung... - EV Duisburg - Die Füchse | Facebook". Retrieved 2016-02-11.
  6. ^ "Lance Nethery wird Cheftrainer der Füchse Duisburg – Erste Verlängerungen im Fuchsbau". Füchse Duisburg. Retrieved 2016-04-08.
  7. ^ "Füchse Duisburg stellen Lance Nethery mit sofortiger Wirkung frei". Füchse Duisburg. 2017-02-12. Retrieved 2017-02-12.
  8. ^ "Über 300 Fans beim Füchse-Fanabschluss in der KENSTON ARENA – Lance Nethery kehrt als sportlicher Leiter zurück - Füchse Duisburg". Füchse Duisburg (in German). 2018-03-18. Retrieved 2018-03-19.
  9. ^ a b c "ECAC All-Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  10. ^ a b "Men's Ice Hockey Award Winners" (PDF). Retrieved June 11, 2013.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Dave Taylor
ECAC Hockey Player of the Year
Succeeded by
Ralph Cox