ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has named Randy Carlyle head coach.
“Since his days as a player in the NHL, Randy has brought intellect, intensity and competitiveness to his work,” said Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Burke. “In the new era of Mighty Ducks hockey, both our young prospects and veterans will be better players with Randy leading them.”
Carlyle, 49 (4/19/56), spent last season as head coach of the Manitoba Moose, Vancouver’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). In 2004-2005, he led Manitoba to a 44-26-3-7 record (.613 winning percentage) and an appearance in the Calder Cup Semi-Finals.
“I believe Brian’s philosophies as a general manager mesh perfectly with my style as a coach,” said Randy Carlyle. “As a team, we will be marked by aggressive play and an up-tempo, offensive minded system.”
In all, Carlyle spent six seasons (1996-2001 & 2004-2005) as head coach in Manitoba (both in the International and American Hockey Leagues), earning a career mark of 222-159-52-7 with the franchise. He had the additional duties of General Manager of the Moose from 1996-2000, adding the title of club President for the 2001-2002 season. The Sudbury, Ontario, native helped the Moose to a 47-21-14 record for 108 points in 1998-99, for which he was named the IHL’s General Manager of the Year.
Following the 2001-2002 season, Carlyle joined the coaching staff of the Washington Capitals. He served as an assistant coach with Washington for two years (2002-2004), before rejoining Manitoba last season.
Carlyle played 17 seasons in the NHL with Toronto, Pittsburgh and Winnipeg. He appeared in 1055 games and earned 148-499=647 points. Known as a fiery, tough-nosed defenseman, he was selected to play in four NHL All-Star Games, winning the Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenseman in 1981. At the conclusion of his playing career in 1993, Carlyle remained with the Winnipeg organization’s hockey operations staff, eventually becoming an assistant coach for the 1995-96 season.
Randy and his wife, Corey, have three children; sons Craig (21) and Derek (19), as well as daughter, Alexis (9).