Boston Bruins assistant coach Geoff Ward has resigned to become coach of the Mannheim Eagles in Germany's DEL, the teams announced Thursday.
Ward had been part of Bruins coach Claude Julien's staff since the 2007-08 season, winning the Stanley Cup in 2011 and working extensively with the Boston power play, which improved to third in the NHL this season.
Ward has had two previous head coaching stints in Germany with Bad Nauheim EC in 2000-01 and the Iserlohn Roosters in 2006-07, amidst a 20-year coaching career.
After being through it and seeing the other [outdoor] games on TV, just the atmosphere is spectacular. To stand here -- and we are essentially almost on the blue line -- and look up [into the stands] and knowing it is going to be packed and playing our biggest rival in this setting is going to be pretty special.
— Bruins president Cam Neely on the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic between Boston and Montreal at Gillette Stadium on
Jan. 1, 2016