COYOTES NAME RAY EDWARDS AS RAMPAGE ASSISTANT COACH
/ Arizona Coyotes
Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced that Ray Edwards has been named assistant coach for the Coyotes’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage, joining head coach Greg Ireland behind the bench.
Edwards, 37, has been a coach in the Central Hockey League (CHL) and ECHL for the past seven years, most recently with the CHL’s New Mexico Scorpions where he guided the team to the Conference Finals this past season.
Prior to working in New Mexico, Edwards led the San Angelo Saints to the CHL President’s Cup Playoffs in each of his two seasons with the team. Named the CHL’s Coach of the Year in his first season with San Angelo after guiding the Saints to a 35-point turnaround leading to a 37-19-8 record and a Southwest Division title, Edwards’ Saints narrowly missed their second division title by one point the following season.
A native of Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Edwards has compiled a 161-127-35 record throughout his five years as a head coach. Edwards began his coaching career at the age of 28 as one of the youngest coaches in professional hockey when he took the reins of the ECHL’s Huntington (W.Va.) Blizzard in 1998. The following season, he led the Blizzard to their most successful season ever with a 35-25-10 record.
As a player, Edwards recorded 174 points (83 goals, 91 assists) and 1,253 penalty minutes in 309 games over seven seasons in the ECHL. He attended National Hockey League training camps with Los Angeles Kings, Chicago Blackhawks and Ottawa Senators.