|Kirk Muller was named head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes on Nov. 28, 2011, becoming the 12th person to serve as head coach in franchise history, and the third since the team relocated from Hartford to North Carolina in 1997.
Muller is in his first season as an NHL head coach, having previously served as a head coach for the Milwaukee Admirals in the American Hockey League (AHL). The Kingston, Ont., native had a record of 10-6-0 with Milwaukee during the 2011-12, after taking the job as head coach for the Nashville Predators’ top minor-league affiliate in July 2011.
Muller was the head coach of the Queen’s University Golden Gaels of the Ontario University Athletics, in his hometown of Kingston, during the 2005-06 season. Under his guidance, the team posted an 8-13-1-2 record.
That year, Muller also held the title of assistant coach to Marc Habscheid, with Team Canada, at the Lotto Cup in December 2005 in Slovakia, where he helped lead the team to a gold medal. Last March, he worked as assistant coach to Greg Gilbert at the Under-18 World Championships, healping to earn a 4th place finish.
Kirk Muller’s playing career in the NHL started in 1984 with the New Jersey Devils, who had drafted him second overall, behind Mario Lemieux. Muller had just concluded a stellar three-year career in the Ontario Hockey League, including the last two with the Guelph Platers. In the OHL, Muller collected 257 points, including 95 goals, in 182 games.
|On September 20, 1991, the Canadiens acquired Muller and goaltender Roland Melanson, in return for Stéphane Richer and Tom Chorske. Muller spent a little more than three seasons with the Canadiens, including one as team captain, and was instrumental in leading the franchise to its 24th Stanley Cup, in 1992-93.
Through a 19-year career, Muller also played for the New York Islanders, the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Florida Panthers and the Dallas Stars. Muller also represented Canada at the World Championships in 1985, 1986, 1987 and 1989, and at the 1984 Olympic Games, in Sarajevo.
In 1,349 NHL games, Muller scored 357 goals and added 602 assists for a total of 959 points. With the Canadiens, he registered 247 points, including 104 goals, in 267 games.
Kirk Muller played in 127 playoff games and recorded 69 points, including 33 goals. With the Canadiens, he took part in 38 playoff contests, scored 20 goals and totaled 32 points.
He was born in Kingston, Ontario, February 8, 1966.