|A native of Sudbury, Ontario, Foligno has served two seasons as an NHL assistant coach with the Toronto Maple Leafs (1995-96) and Colorado Avalanche (1997-98). He began his professional coaching career with the St. John’s Maple Leafs of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 1995-96 prior to his time in Toronto and Colorado. In 1998-99, Foligno was named the head coach of Colorado’s AHL affiliate in Hershey, where he led the Bears to a 186-154-60 record in five seasons (1998-03) and five straight appearances in the Calder Cup Playoffs.|
Originally selected by Detroit in the first round (third overall) of the 1979 NHL Entry Draft, Foligno played 15 NHL seasons with Detroit (1979-81), Buffalo (1981-90), Toronto (1990-93) and Florida (1993-94). In 1,018 career NHL games, Foligno collected 355-372=727 points with 2,049 penalty minutes (PIM). He also added 15-17=32 points with 185 PIM in 57 career playoff games, including an appearance in the 1993 Western Conference Finals against Vancouver. His best NHL season came with Buffalo in 1985-86 when he scored a career-high 41-39=80 points in 79 games.