Ward, Stothers join Ducks’ coaching staff


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The Anaheim Geese have named Geoff Ward and Mike Stothers as assistant coaches.

Each Ward and Stothers are former recipients of the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award because the American Hockey League’s excellent coach. Ward shared the distinction with Claude Julien, main the Hamilton Bulldogs to the Calder Cup Finals in 2003; Stothers received the award in 2015 when he guided the Manchester Monarchs to a league championship.

Ward, 59, additionally served as head coach of the Edmonton Oilers’ AHL associates in Toronto (2003-04) and Edmonton (2004-05). He most just lately was head coach of the Calgary Flames, main the membership to a berth within the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Ward received a Stanley Cup championship as an assistant coach with the Boston Bruins in 2011, and later served as an assistant with the New Jersey Devils.

Stothers, 59, is one in all three folks in AHL historical past to win a Calder Cup as a participant, an assistant coach and a head coach. He spent six seasons as head coach of the Los Angeles Kings’ AHL associates in Manchester (2014-15) and Ontario (2015-20), and in addition had a stint as head coach of the Grand Rapids Griffins in 2007-08. Stothers participated within the AHL All-Star Basic as a head coach in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and as an assistant in 1998 and 1999.

Along with his championship with Manchester, Stothers captured the Calder Cup as an assistant with the Philadelphia Phantoms in 1997-98, and he received a title as a defenseman with the Maine Mariners in 1983-84 throughout a taking part in profession that noticed him skate in 671 AHL video games.


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