Farrish, 49 (8/1/56), spent last season as head coach and vice president of hockey operations for the Pensacola Ice Pilots in the ECHL, leading the club to the league’s best record (51-16-5, a .743 winning percentage).
A native of Wingham, Ontario Farrish brings 15 years of coaching experience to the Mighty Ducks. Farrish has served as head coach of 1,027 professional hockey games between the American Hockey League (AHL), International Hockey League (IHL) and the ECHL compiling a record of 520-402-83-22.
Before joining Pensacola, he led the Louisiana IceGators (ECHL) to four consecutive division championships from 2000-01 to 2003-04. After leading the IceGators to a 56-12-4 record in 2001-02, Farrish was named the ECHL Coach of the Year.
Prior to his time in the ECHL, he was the head coach of the Springfield Falcons of the AHL from 1997-98 to 1999-2000, compiling a record of 113-96-27. From 1993-94 to 1996-97, Farrish served as head coach in the IHL with the Salt Lake City Golden Eagles (1993-94) and Fort Wayne Komets (1995-96 and 1996-97).
Farrish began his coaching career with Moncton of the AHL in 1989-90, where he coached until joining the New Jersey Devils as an assistant coach under Herb Brooks before the 1992-93 season. Including the Devils, Farrish’s teams have qualified for postseason play in 12 of his 15 seasons.
Farrish played seven seasons (1976-77 to 1983-84) in the NHL as a defenseman with Toronto, Quebec and the New York Rangers. In 430 regular season games, he recorded 17-110=127 points. Farrish was originally drafted by the Rangers in the second round (24th overall) of the 1976 NHL Amateur Draft.
Dave and his wife, Roxanne, currently reside in Pensacola, Fla.