BOSTON—The Boston Bruins have re-signed assistant coaches Wayne Cashman and Norm Maciver and goaltending consultant Bob Essensa to new contracts, it was announced Monday by Bruins General Manager Mike O'Connell. Each were signed to two-year contracts and, in keeping with club policy, terms of the contracts were not released.
"When we assemble a team we look for players that are different, yet complement each other, and the same principle applies to building our coaching staff," said O'Connell. "I believe that Mike Sullivan is one of the top young coaches in the National Hockey League and that he has assembled a staff that is second to none. They are eager to get back to action and are looking forward to the challenges this season."
Cashman, 60, enters his fourth season as a Bruins assistant coach, as he first joined the team's coaching staff on June 28, 2001. Cashman returns to the team with which he spent 17 years as a player and won Stanley Cup championships in both 1969-70 and 1971-72. He served as the Bruins' captain from 1977-78 until his retirement as a player at the end of the 1982-83 season and he remains the sixth-leading scorer in team history with 277 goals and 516 assists for 793 points and 1,041 penalty minutes in 1,027 career Bruins/NHL games. He moved into the coaching ranks in 1987-88 as an assistant coach with the New York Rangers and he remained in that capacity with the team through the 1991-92 season. He then spent four seasons as an assistant coach with the Tampa Bay Lightning from 1992-93 through 1995-96, and one year in that same position with the San Jose Sharks in 1996-97. He was named the head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers on July 7, 1997 and coached that team to a 32-20-9 record through March 9, 1998 when he stepped into an assistant coaching role with the team, a post he held through the 1999-2000 season. He spent the 2000-01 season as the head coach and Director of Hockey Operations for the Pensacola Ice Pilots of the East Coast Hockey League before returning to the NHL with the Bruins.
Maciver, 40, enters his second season as a Bruins assistant coach, as he was named to Mike Sullivan's staff on June 10, 2003. Maciver played four seasons of college hockey at the University of Minnesota-Duluth from 1982-83 through 1985-86. He was not drafted out of college, signing as a free agent with the NY Rangers in September, 1986 and beginning a 13-year professional playing career. He played 500 games with 55 goals and 230 assists for 285 points with 350 penalty minutes over the course of his NHL career with the Rangers, Hartford, Edmonton, Ottawa, Pittsburgh and Winnipeg/Phoenix. His best season statistically was with Ottawa in 1992-93 when he compiled 17-46=63 totals. He retired as a player following one season with Houston/IHL in 1998-99, winning a Turner Cup championship with the Aeros that season. He then turned to the coaching ranks, spending the 1999-2000 season as a graduate assistant coach at his alma mater. He spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the AHL Springfield Falcons, the top affiliate for both the Phoenix Coyotes and Tampa Bay Lightning, from 2000-03.
Essensa, 40, enters his third season with the Bruins, as he was named as the club's goaltending consultant on September 9, 2003. Based out of his home in Michigan, Essensa joins the team at various times during the season to work with the goaltenders both in Boston and in Providence. He played four seasons of college hockey at Michigan State University from 1983-97, earning CCHA First Team All-Star honors in 1984-85 and a Second Team All-Star berth in 1985-86. He was drafted by Winnipeg as their fifth pick, 71st overall, in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft and played five-plus seasons in the Jets organization, including a career-best 33-win season in 1992-93. He played for six NHL teams over a 14-year professional career and played his final NHL season with the Buffalo Sabres in 2001-02. His NHL career record was 173-176-47 with a 3.15 goals against average and 18 shutouts in 446 games with Winnipeg, Detroit, Edmonton, Phoenix, Vancouver and Buffalo.