Dave Lewis joined the Hurricanes just before the 2011-12 season, marking his 20th as a coach in the National Hockey League, as Lewis has previously worked behind the bench for Detroit, Boston and Los Angeles. He served as the head coach for Detroit (2002-2004) and Boston (2006-07), compiling a career record of 135-83-33 as a head coach (includes five games as co-coach with Detroit in 1998-99).
Lewis began his coaching career immediately after his retirement as a player in November 1987, when he was named as an assistant coach for the Detroit Red Wings. The Kindersley, Sask., native served in that position until being promoted to associate coach prior to the 1995-96 season. As associate coach, he worked under three head coaches over 15 years – Jacques Demers, Bryan Murray and Scotty Bowman – capturing the Stanley Cup championship three times (1997, 1998, 2002).
Lewis was named the Red Wings' head coach on July 17, 2002, following Bowman's retirement. In two seasons, he led Detroit to a pair of 48-win and 100-point seasons, as well as two Central Division titles. His team won the President's Trophy in 2003-04, finishing with the NHL's top regular-season record at 48-21-11-2 (109 points). Following the NHL's work stoppage in 2004-05, Lewis was replaced as head coach, and he served as a professional scout for the Red Wings during the 2005-06 season.
On June 29, 2006, Lewis became the 27th head coach in the history of the Boston Bruins. He compiled a 35-41-6 record with the Bruins before joining the Los Angeles Kings as an assistant coach in 2007-08.
Lewis played 15 NHL seasons between 1973 and 1988, totaling 36 goals and 187 assists (223 points) in 1,008 games as a defenseman with the New York Islanders, Los Angeles Kings, New Jersey Devils and Detroit Red Wings. He skated in 91 career Stanley Cup playoff games, earning 21 points (1g, 20a) and 143 penalty minutes. Selected 33rd overall by the New York Islanders in the 1973 NHL Amateur Draft, he made the jump directly from junior hockey with Saskatoon to the NHL with the Islanders in his draft year. He spent seven seasons with New York before being acquired by Los Angeles in a trade on March 10, 1980. He played three seasons with the Kings, serving as the team's captain from 1981-83. After three seasons with the Devils, Lewis concluded his playing career in Detroit, where he skated in his 1,000th game on April 1, 1987.
Lewis and his wife, Brenda, have two children: a son, Ryan, and a daughter, Megan.