Randy Carlyle became the Toronto Maple Leafs head coach on March 3, 2012 when general manager Brian Burke relieved Ron Wilson of his duties. Carlyle was the Anaheim Ducks head coach earlier in the 2011-12 season, but was fired from that position on Dec. 1, 2011 and replaced by former Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau.
Named the seventh head coach in Ducks' team history on August 1, 2005, Carlyle has since recorded the most wins (180) and highest winning percentage (.611) in team history (as of the beginning of the 2009-10 season). In 328 regular season games as an NHL head coach, Carlyle owns a 180-107-41 record.
Carlyle led the Ducks to a franchise-record fourth consecutive playoff appearance in 2008-09 with a 42-33-7 record for 92 points, ranking second in the Pacific Division and eighth in the Western Conference. Carlyle coached his 300th career NHL game on Feb. 4, 2009 at Minnesota and recorded his 150th career win on Nov. 24, 2008 vs. Colorado. With a 4-2 series win over San Jose in the Western Conference Quarterfinals, the Ducks became the fifth team to upset the NHL’s best regular season team (by standings points) in the first round since the Expansion Era began (1967-68). The Ducks were also just the 11th team in NHL history to defeat a team who earned 110-or-more standings points during the regular season in the first round. With the series victory, Anaheim advanced to the second round to face Detroit for the fifth time in franchise history. The Ducks stretched the Western Conference Semifinals to seven games before falling short in Game 7 at Detroit.
In 2007-08, Carlyle guided Anaheim to a second-place finish in the Pacific Division and fourth-place finish in the Western Conference. A year earlier in only his second season as an NHL head coach, Carlyle led the Ducks to their first ever Stanley Cup championship. The Ducks defeated Minnesota (five games), Vancouver (five games), Detroit (six games) and Ottawa (five games) to become the first California team to win hockey’s ultimate prize. Carlyle also led the Ducks to their first Pacific Division championship in 2006-07, compiling a regular-season record of 48-20-14 for 110 points. The club set franchise records in most major statistical categories, including wins, standings points and goals (254), eclipsing marks the team set the previous season.
In his first year as a head coach in the NHL (2005-06), Carlyle led the Ducks to playoff series wins vs. Calgary (seven games) and Colorado (four games), before the club fell in the Conference Finals to Edmonton (five games). Anaheim’s playoff run followed a then-best regular season performance in team history when the club set then team records in wins (43), points (98) and goals scored (251).
Carlyle spent the 2004-05 season as Head Coach of the Manitoba Moose, Vancouver’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League. He led Manitoba to a 44-26-3-7 record (.613 winning percentage) and an appearance in the 2005 Calder Cup Semifinals.
In all, Carlyle spent six seasons (1996-01 & 2004-05) as Head Coach in Manitoba (both in the International and American Hockey Leagues), earning a career mark of 222-159-52-7 with the franchise. He had the additional duties of General Manager of the Moose from 1996-00, adding the title of club President for the 2001-02 season. The Sudbury, Ontario native helped the Moose to a 47-21-14 record for 108 points in 1998-99, for which he was named the IHL’s General Manager of the Year.
Following the 2001-02 season, Carlyle joined the coaching staff of the Washington Capitals. He served as an Assistant Coach with Washington for two years (2002-04), helping the organization return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in his first season before rejoining Manitoba in 2004-05.
Carlyle played 17 seasons in the NHL with Toronto, Pittsburgh and Winnipeg. He appeared in 1,055 games and earned 148-499=647 points. Known as a fiery, tough-nosed defenseman, he was selected to play in four NHL All-Star Games and won the Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenseman in 1981. He set a career high with 82 points in 1980-81, appearing in 76 games with Pittsburgh that season. In all, Carlyle had five seasons in which he topped the 50-point plateau. He appeared in 69 NHL postseason games as a player, earning 9-24=33 points.
At the conclusion of his playing career in 1993, Carlyle remained with the Winnipeg organization’s hockey operations staff, eventually becoming an Assistant Coach for the 1995-96 season.
Randy and his wife Corey have three children, sons Craig (25) and Derek (23), as well as daughter Alexis (13). The family resides in Anaheim Hills.