Dave Farrish was named assistant coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday, March 4, 2012. His former head coach at the Anaheim Ducks, Randy Carlyle, was appointed as head of Toronto just the day before.
Prior to his new role with Toronto, Farrish was named an Anaheim Ducks Assistant Coach on August 9, 2005 and won his first Stanley Cup with the club in 2007.
Farrish joined the organization after one season (2004-05) with the Pensacola Ice Pilots of the ECHL. Farrish served as Head Coach and Vice President of Hockey Operations, leading the club to the league’s best record (51-16-5, a .743 winning percentage).
A native of Lucknow, Ontario, Farrish has served as Head Coach of 1,027 professional hockey games between the American Hockey League (AHL), International Hockey League (IHL) and the ECHL, compiling a record of 520-402-83-22.
Before joining Pensacola, he led the Louisiana IceGators (ECHL) to four consecutive division championships from 2000-01 to 2003-04. After leading the IceGators to a 56-12-4 record in 2001-02, Farrish was named the ECHL Coach of the Year.
Prior to his time in the ECHL, he was the Head Coach of the Springfield Falcons of the AHL from 1997-98 to 1999-2000, compiling a record of 113-96-27. From 1993-94 to 1996-97, Farrish served as 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.
Farrish played seven seasons (1976-77 to 1983-84) in the NHL as a defenseman with Toronto, Quebec and the New York Rangers. In 430 regular season games, he recorded 127 points. Farrish was originally drafted by the Rangers in the second round (24th overall) of the 1976 NHL Amateur Draft.