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Ducks Name Ward, Stothers as Assistant Coaches

Ward was the Head Coach of the Calgary Flames from 2019-21, while Stothers most recently won a gold medal as an Assistant Coach for Canada at the 2021 U-18 World Championship

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The Ducks have named Geoff Ward and Mike Stothers as Assistant Coaches.

Ward, 59 (2/9/62), was the Head Coach of the Calgary Flames from 2019-21, leading the club to a 36-26-5 record, including a 25-15-3 mark in 2019-20 and a berth in the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He also served as Calgary's Associate Coach in 2018-19.

Ward served as an Assistant Coach with the New Jersey Devils from 2015-18 and the Boston Bruins for seven seasons from 2007-14, helping to lead the club to two Stanley Cup Finals (2011 and 2013), including a championship in 2011. In 2014-15, Ward served as the head coach of Adler Mannheim, winning the German championship and was named the DEL coach of the year. He also served as a Head Coach in Germany with Iserlohn in 2006-07 and Bad Nauheim in 2000-01.

A native of Waterloo, Ontario, Ward served as Head Coach of the Montreal Canadiens' primary American Hockey League (AHL) affiliates in Hamilton (2002-03), Toronto (2003-04) and Edmonton (2004-06). In 2003, he was named the AHL Coach of the Year with Hamilton after guiding the Bulldogs to the Calder Cup Finals.

Ward served as the Head Coach of Arkansas (ECHL) in 1999-00, the Ontario Hockey League's Guelph Storm (1998-99) and Kitchener Rangers (1994-98). He began his career as an Assistant Coach at the University of Waterloo (1989-90) before guiding the Waterloo Siskins to a MWJHL championship as Head Coach in 1993-94. Ward also was an assistant for the German National Team from 2015-2018, appearing at four World Championships.

Stothers, 59 (2/22/62), most recently won a gold medal as an Assistant Coach for Canada at the 2021 U-18 World Championship. He previously spent six seasons as Head Coach of the Los Angeles Kings' AHL affiliate in Ontario (2015-20) and Manchester (2014-15), leading the Monarchs to a Calder Cup Championship in 2015 while being named the AHL Coach of the Year. He guided the Reign and Monarchs to a 220-137-48 record and four postseason appearances.

The Toronto, Ontario native spent three NHL seasons as an Assistant Coach with Atlanta Thrashers (2010-11) and Philadelphia Flyers (2000-01). He served as Head Coach of the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League (2011-14) and the Owen Sound Attack of the OHL from 2002-07. He also was the Head Coach of Grand Rapids (AHL) in 2007-08.

Stothers began his coaching career as a player/Assistant Coach with the Hershey Bears in 1991-92 and served as Assistant Coach from 1992-96. He served in the same role with the Philadelphia Phantoms in 1996-00, helping the club to a Calder Cup championship in 1998.

Selected by Philadelphia in the first round (21st overall) of the 1980 NHL Draft, Stothers recorded two assists (0-2=2) in 30 career NHL games with Philadelphia and Toronto from 1984-88. He also skated in five Stanley Cup Playoff Games with the Flyers, including the 1987 Stanley Cup Final. The defensemen appeared in 671 career AHL games with the Maine Mariners (1981-84), Hershey Bears (1984-88 and 1988-92) and New Market Saints (1987-88), scoring 36-106=144 points and 1,840 penalty minutes. He won a Calder Cup championship with Maine in 1984.

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