When Anaheim Ducks head coach Dallas Eakins was looking to add to his staff over the off-season, one of his main requirements was that the new hire have NHL head coaching experience.
Ward was the Head Coach of the Calgary Flames from 2019-21, while Stothers most recently won a gold medal as an Assistant Coach for Canada at the 2021 U-18 World Championship
On the August 2020 night when Claude Julien had a frightening health incident that forced him to leave the NHL bubble in Toronto, he received many texts and calls from friends and family asking about his well-being.
Last week we took a look at the 10 NHL captains with Ontario Hockey League origins. This week, we turn our attention behind the bench where eleven NHL coaches have OHL roots.
CALGARY — Geoff Ward made his NHL head coaching debut, finished his first season and will start his second all in unusual circumstances.
Outside, parked in its usual spot, is his Chevy Tahoe. The licence plate, appropriately enough, reads: OUR COACH.
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Sportsnet Hockey Central have spent time over the last few weeks speaking with many of our head coaches during the paused NHL season. Take a listen.
Q&A: Flames interim coach Geoff Ward on priorities during pause, his future and saluting COVID-19 front-liners
The Saddledome remains silent. But since Flames interim head coach Geoff Ward and his family moved from the southwest suburbs into Calgary’s downtown core just a week ago, the 57-year-old bench boss has been enjoying the roar of the crowd.
Calgary Flames head coach Geoff Ward won a Stanley Cup as a member of the Boston Bruins coaching staff back in 2011.
Geoff Ward can remember every single slight — real or perceived — the Boston Bruins felt from the Vancouver Canucks during the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals. Ward was an assistant coach with the Bruins back then and can list off all the things the Canucks did that provided bulletin board material to get his team motivated.
Calgary Flames interim head coach Geoff Ward joined Jeff Marek, Brian Burke and Elliotte Friedman on Hockey Central to talk about Matthew Tkachuk’s hit on Zack Kassian and taking over the helm for the Flames plus much more.