Dave Farrish was hired by the Colorado Avalanche as assistant coach on July 7, 2015. Farrish joined assistant coach Tim Army on coach and vice president of hockey operations Patrick Roy’s staff.
The 2015-16 season is Farrish’s 25th coaching at the professional level. The Lucknow, ON native most recently served as assistant coach for the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2012-14. Prior to his time with the Leafs, Farrish spent seven seasons as an assistant with the Anaheim Ducks, where he won a Stanley Cup in 2007.
Farrish served as head coach for 1,027 professional hockey games, compiling a record of 520-402-83-22. He led the Louisiana IceGators (ECHL) to four consecutive division championships from 2000-01 to 2003-04, which included winning the ECHL Coach of the Year award in 2001-02. Farrish also guided the Pensacola Ice Pilots to the ECHL’s best record during his lone season there in 2004-05 (51-16-5, .743%).
Prior to his time in the ECHL, Farrish was head coach of the Springfield Falcons of the AHL from 1997-98 to 1999-00. From 1993-94 to 1996-97, Farrish served as a head coach in the IHL with the Salt Lake City Golden Eagles (1993-94) and Fort Wayne Komets (1995-96 and 1996-97). Farrish began his coaching career with Moncton of the AHL in 1989-90, where he coached until joining the New Jersey Devils as an assistant coach under Herb Brooks for the 1992-93 season.
Selected by the New York Rangers in the second round (24th overall) of the 1976 NHL Entry Draft, Farrish played seven seasons (1976-77 to 1983-84) in the NHL as a defenseman with the Rangers, Quebec Nordiques and Toronto Maple Leafs. In 430 regular season games, he recorded 127 points (17g/110a).