Friday, July 06, 2007

The shimmy on John Paddock

John Paddock is the new coach of the Ottawa Senators. Here is a look at his pro history as coach and player.
-born in Brandon Manitoba, June 9, 1954
-was drafted by the Washington Capitals, 37th overall in the NHL Entry Draft.
-also drafted into the WHA, 57th overall by the Minnesota Fighting Saints.
-played in only 87 career NHL games with the Capitals, Nordiques and Flyers as a forward, scoring 8 goals and 14 assists.
-In 1984, he retired from playing at 30-years old. He was playing with the Maine Mariners at the time in the AHL.
-actually, half-way through that season he became the head coach of the Mariners.
-spent 7 years coaching in the AHL with the Mariners, Hershey Bears, and Binghamton Rangers, making the AHL playoffs 5 of those 7 years and winning one championship with Hershey.
-he then became the head coach of the Winnipeg Jets in 1991. His success there was limited, as the Jets made the playoffs twice, losing in Round 1 both times, and missed the playoffs entirely under Paddock's leadership. He was let go in 1994.
-after a 4 year absence from coaching, Paddock returned the AHL to coach the Hartford Wolfpack for 3 years (and a Championship), and then the Binghamton Senators from 2002-2005.
-he was promoted to assistant coach of the Ottawa Senators last season.

Coaching records:

In the AHL: About 1040 games coached, 550 wins, 392 losses, and 93 ties. That is a .53 winning percentage.

In the NHL: 281 games coached, 106 wins, 138 losses, and 37 ties. That is a .37 winning percentage. But hey, that was the Jets, and they sucked.

Fun Fact:
In the 1980 Stanley Cup final, Paddock scored the tying goal in the sixth game to force overtime, however Bob Nystrom scored at 7:11 of overtime to earn the New York Islanders the NHL championship. (Thank-you Halifax News)

"John is known and respected by our players and that was a big reason in his being named head coach," Bryan Murray said today. "I never considered John as an assistant coach. I considered him a partner."

"This is an extremely exciting day to have an opportunity to coach a team I've been associated with for five years," Paddock said.

A couple of days ago, Murray said this about Paddock: β€œI have spent some time with John and he has been into the office the last few days to talk about free agents and depth players,” Murray said. β€œHe has been part of that process, as well.”

So Murray and Paddy are close. This shouldn't be too much of a transition for the Sens players, as some of them played under him in the AHL and had success, and they all have worked under him as an assistant coach.

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At July 11, 2007 at 3:51 p.m. , Anonymous Doobie said...

Is it just me, or does he look considerably less happy now?


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