Mike Foligno was named assistant coach of the New Jersey Devils on July 19, 2013. He joins the Devils after serving as an assistant with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League last season. He previously spent time as an assistant with the Anaheim Ducks after being named to the position June 24, 2010.
Foligno was previously head coach and general manager of the Sudbury Wolves in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). Foligno led Sudbury to a 26-35-7 record in 2009-10 and the club’s sixth appearance in the OHL Playoffs since 2003-04. Foligno coached seven seasons with the Wolves, compiling a 189-229-58 record in 476 career games along with a 29-31 mark in the playoffs. Sudbury qualified for the postseason in six of seven seasons under Foligno, including an Eastern Conference championship in 2006-07.
A native of Sudbury, Ontario, Foligno has served two seasons as an NHL assistant coach with the Toronto Maple Leafs (1995-96) and Colorado Avalanche (1997-98). He began his professional coaching career with the St. John’s Maple Leafs of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 1995-96 prior to his time in Toronto and Colorado. In 1998-99, Foligno was named the head coach of Colorado’s AHL affiliate in Hershey, where he led the Bears to a 186-154-60 record in five seasons (1998-03) and five straight appearances in the Calder Cup Playoffs.
Originally selected by Detroit in the first round (third overall) of the 1979 NHL Entry Draft, Foligno played 15 NHL seasons with Detroit (1979-81), Buffalo (1981-90), Toronto (1990-93) and Florida (1993-94). In 1,018 career NHL games, Foligno collected 355-372=727 points with 2,049 penalty minutes (PIM). He also added 15-17=32 points with 185 PIM in 57 career playoff games, including an appearance in the 1993 Western Conference Finals against Vancouver. His best NHL season came with Buffalo in 1985-86 when he scored a career-high 41-39=80 points in 79 games.