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Blue Jackets add veteran NHL coach Brad Shaw to John Tortorella's staff

by Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets announced today that Brad Shaw has joined the National Hockey League club as an assistant coach on Head Coach John Tortorella’s staff.

Shaw, 52, has spent the past 10 years with the St. Louis Blues, serving as an assistant coach from 2006-12 and associate coach from 2012-16. During his tenure in St. Louis, he helped the club to six appearances in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the past eight years, including the past five seasons, and a berth in the Western Conference Final in 2015-16.

“Brad Shaw is a smart, experienced coach who is very well-respected in the coaching community and is going to be a great asset to our club, particularly our defensemen,” said Tortorella. “He is a solid hockey guy who will fit in extremely well with our staff and I’m really looking forward to working with him.”

Shaw joined the Blues after serving as an assistant coach and interim head coach with the New York Islanders in 2005-06. He spent the previous three seasons as head coach of the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks, Anaheim’s American Hockey League affiliate, leading the club to a pair of appearances in the Calder Cup Playoffs and a 44-31-4-1 record in 2004-05.  He also served as an assistant coach with the Tampa Bay Lightning (1999-00), head coach of the International Hockey League’s Detroit Vipers (2000-01) and assistant coach with the AHL’s Springfield Falcons (2001-02).

A defenseman, Shaw played 15 seasons in the NHL, IHL and AHL from 1984-99. He made his NHL debut in 1985-86 with the Hartford Whalers and went on to appear in 377 career games, registering 22 goals and 137 assists for 159 points and 208 penalty minutes with the Whalers, Ottawa Senators, Washington Capitals and Blues. He was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team with Hartford in 1989-90. During that time, he also spent two seasons as a player-assistant coach with the Vipers from 1995-97 and helped Detroit win the IHL’s Turner Cup championship in 1996-97.

Shaw was born on April 28, 1964 in Cambridge, Ontario. He and his wife, Mary, are the parents of three children, Taylore, Brady, and Caroline.

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