Geoff Ward (l.) and Alain Nasreddine have been named to head coach John Hynes's staff. (Photos: Getty Images)
Newark, NJ –
The New Jersey Devils today named Geoff Ward and Alain Nasreddine as assistant coaches. They will join Head Coach John Hynes on the team’s staff. The announcement was made by Devils’ General Manager Ray Shero.
“I welcome Geoff Ward and Alain Nasreddine to the Devils’ organization, and look forward to working with both of them,” said Shero. “John Hynes and I both feel that these are the ideal individuals to help develop and work with our players on all levels.”
Ward, 53, spent 2014-15 with Adler Mannheim of the German Ice Hockey League, where he was named the coach of the year and led the Eagles to the championship. His coaching career spans 22 years, including seven seasons (2007-08 through 2013-14) as an assistant coach with Boston. During that time, the Bruins won the 2011 Stanley Cup Championship, and also reached the Finals in 2013. Ward served five years (2001-05) with the Oilers’ organization, including two-plus seasons as head coach of Edmonton’s AHL affiliate. He was co-recipient of the league’s 2003 Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as coach of the year when he led Hamilton to the Calder Cup Finals. Ward spent the 2005-06 campaign as Edmonton’s development coach.
He began his coaching career in 1992-93 as an assistant with Niagara Falls (OHL). Ward served as head coach of Kitchener (OHL) for three-plus seasons, from 1994-95 to 1997-98. He also had head coaching stints in 1998-99 with Guelph (OHL), as well as 1999-00 with Arkansas (ECHL). In addition to this past season, he also spent the 2000-01 and 2006-07 seasons in Germany. Geoff and his wife, Carolyn, have four children: sons Cody and Sawyer, and daughters Kylie and Hannah.
Nasreddine, 39, joins the Devils’ organization after spending the past five seasons as an assistant coach under Hynes with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL). During that time, his defensive corps allowed the league’s fewest goals four times. In 2010-11, Nasreddine helped lead the Penguins to the AHL’s Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy as the league’s regular-season champions.
A defenseman, his 15-season professional playing career spanned from 1995-96 through 2009-10, and included more than 1,000 regular-season games in the NHL, AHL, IHL and the German Ice Hockey League. Nasreddine, who was selected by Florida in the sixth round (135th overall) of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, appeared in 74 NHL games with Chicago, Montreal, the NY Islanders and Pittsburgh. He helped lead Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to the 2004 and 2008 Calder Cup Finals and served as captain in 2004-05 and 2005-06. Nasreddine was born July 10, 1975 in Montreal, Que. and played his junior hockey with Drummondville and Chicoutimi (QMJHL), winning the league title in 1993-94. Alain and his wife, Josiane, have three children: sons Alec and Loic, and daughter, Kaelle.