The Boston Bruins have named Dave Lewis as the 27th head coach in team history, it was announced today by Bruins incoming General Manager Peter Chiarelli. Lewis was signed to a four-year contract and was introduced by Chiarelli this afternoon at a TD Banknorth Garden press conference.
Chiarelli also announced that assistant coaches Wayne Cashman and Norm Maciver will not be retained.
“Dave and I share a lot of the same objectives and philosophies on team building, communication and, most importantly, winning,” said Chiarelli. “I was very impressed with Dave’s interview and our subsequent discussions and I’m thrilled to have him as coach of the Bruins.”
“I’m very excited about the opportunity to coach this team,” said Lewis. “I’m looking forward to working with one of the storied franchises of the NHL.”
Lewis, who will celebrate his 53rd birthday on July 3rd, comes to Boston after 20 years with the Detroit Red Wings as a player, assistant coach, associate coach, head coach and professional scout. He joined the Red Wings coaching staff immediately upon his retirement as a player in November, 1987 and served as an Assistant Coach of the team through the 1994-95 season. He was named an Associate Coach at the start of the 1995-96 campaign and remained in that position for six years. He worked under three head coaches during that 15-year span – Jacques Demers, Bryan Murray and nine under legendary coach Scotty Bowman – and won three Stanley Cup championships with the team, in 1996-97, 1997-98 and 2001-02.
Lewis was named as the Red Wings Head Coach on July 17, 2002 upon Bowman’s retirement and remained behind the Red Wings bench for two seasons. He led the Red Wings to two 48-win and 100+ point seasons and two Central Division titles. The Red Wings took the President’s Trophy with the League’s top record in 2002-03 at 48-21-11-2 and 109 points. He was replaced behind the bench following the 2004-05 lockout year and worked last season for the team as a professional leagues scout. His record as an NHL head coach is 96-41-21-6 for 219 points and a .668 win percentage.
The native of Kindersley, Saskatchewan played two seasons of junior hockey with the Saskatoon Blades and was drafted by the New York Islanders as their second pick, 33rd overall, in the 1973 NHL Amateur Draft. The 6’2” defenseman never played a game in the minor leagues, making the jump directly from juniors to the NHL with the Islanders in 1973-74. He played seven seasons in New York before going to the Los Angeles Kings in a March, 1980 trade and played three seasons with the Kings before moving again in trade to New Jersey, where he also remained for three seasons. He signed with the Red Wings as a free agent in July, 1986 and completed his playing career in Detroit. He played his 1,000th NHL game on April 1, 1987 vs. Philadelphia and retired as a player on November 6, 1987 to join the team’s coaching staff. His 15-year career totals as a player were 36 goals and 187 assists for 223 points and 953 penalty minutes in 1,008 career NHL games.
Lewis and his wife Brenda have two children, son Ryan and daughter Meagan.