|New Ducks Assistant Coach Bob Woods.
The Ducks have named Bob Woods assistant coach and Joe Piscotty video coordinator. They join new Head Coach Bruce Boudreau’s staff and Assistant Coach Brad Lauer.
Woods, 43, who served as assistant coach under Boudreau with Washington, joined the Capitals staff on June 22, 2009. Boudreau and Woods helped the Capitals earn the top seed in the Eastern Conference in both 2010 and 2011, including the Presidents’ Trophy as the top NHL club for the 2009-10 regular season with a 54-15-13 record (121 points).
Prior to 2009-10, Woods coached Washington’s AHL affiliate from 2007-09, taking over as head coach of Hershey Bears Boudreau was hired by the Capitals on Nov. 22, 2007. In 2008-09, Woods guided Hershey to a Calder Cup championship, defeating the Manitoba Moose in six games. That season, he led the club to the top seed in the Eastern Conference with a 49-21-8 regular season record. In his two seasons as an AHL head coach (145 games), Woods compiled an 83-47-15 record in the regular season and a 17-10 record in the Calder Cup Playoffs. In addition, Woods served as assistant coach with Hershey under Boudreau in 2006 when the club captured the Calder Cup championship after posting a 44-21-15 record in the regular season. The club had an AHL-best 51-17-12 in 2006-07. Woods is the only player in Hershey’s 71-year history to win a Calder Cup as a player (1997), assistant coach (2006) and head coach (2009).
A native of Leroy, Saskatchewan, Woods retired from professional hockey in 2001 and became Head Coach of the Mississippi Sea Wolves of the ECHL. From 2001-05, he compiled a 169-94-25 regular-season record with the Sea Wolves, a span that included four trips to the playoffs and two conference finals appearances. Selected by New Jersey in the 10th round (201st overall) of the 1988 NHL Entry Draft, Woods played 13 seasons of professional hockey, including 10 in the ECHL and was a player/assistant coach with Mississippi from 1998-2001. He was a member of the 1999 Kelly Cup championship team that was coached by Boudreau.
Piscotty, 29, originally joined the Ducks prior to the 2010-11 as video scouting analyst, assisting hockey operations with special projects. Previously, he worked with the University of Denver’s men’s hockey team from 2008-10, serving as a hockey operations assistant. In 2008-09, Piscotty served on staff as Denver completed the season as the top college hockey team in the nation. While with the University of Denver, Piscotty earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA).
A native of Huntington Beach, CA, Piscotty earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada in 2006. He then went on to work with the University of Michigan’s hockey team from 2006-08, serving as a graduate student manager under head coach Red Berenson. Piscotty worked on staff when the Wolverines advanced to the Frozen Four in 2008. While at Michigan, Piscotty also earned a Master’s in Sports Management.