Brad Lauer was hired as assistant coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning on Aug. 18, 2015.
Lauer, a native of Humboldt, SK, spent the previous four seasons as an assistant coach with the Anaheim Ducks. He helped Anaheim to a 51-24-7 record and 109 points in 2014-15, tied for the most in the NHL’s Western Conference. The Ducks also ranked 11th in the NHL for average goals per game with 2.78 that season. Anaheim lost to the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks in the 2015 Western Conference Final. During the 2013-14 season Lauer and the Ducks had the best record in the West, going 54-20-8 with 116 points, one shy of a tie for the President’s Trophy. Anaheim was the NHL’s highest-scoring team that season, averaging 3.21 goals per contest.
Hired by the Ducks on July 12, 2011 as an assistant with their then American Hockey League affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch, Lauer was promoted to Anaheim on November 30, 2011. During his four seasons with the Ducks the team finished the regular season in the top three in the entire NHL three times.
Lauer made his NHL coaching debut with the Ottawa Senators in 2009 as an assistant. Before joining the Senators he served as an assistant with the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL from 2007-09. Lauer aided Milwaukee to the Western Division title and a share of the league lead for points with 107. The former player began his coaching career in 2002 as an assistant with the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League.
As a player, Lauer began his career in 1985 when he was drafted in the second round by the New York Islanders. He played in 323 NHL games with the Islanders, Senators, Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins, recording 44 goals and 111 points.