ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has named Eric Weinrich assistant coach of the Portland Pirates, Anaheim's primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). The announcement follows his retirement from the NHL as a player after 18 seasons.
"First I'd like to congratulate Eric on a successful playing career," said Anaheim Ducks Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Bob Murray. "Now that he's decided to join the coaching ranks, we feel fortunate to have someone with such great character and leadership qualities join our organization."
Weinrich, 39, spent 18 years in the NHL as a defenseman from 1988-89 to 2005-06. The
Roanoke, Virginia, native collected 70-318=388 points with 825 penalty minutes (PIM) in 1,157 career games with New Jersey, Hartford, Chicago, Montreal, Boston, Philadelphia, St. Louis and Vancouver. In 2005-06, Weinrich split the season between St. Louis and Vancouver, scoring 1-16=17 points with 52 PIM in 75 games.
Prior to turning pro, Weinrich played three seasons at the University of Maine, recording 16-53=69 points in 83 games as a Black Bear. He was also a member of Team USA at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta. Weinrich made his NHL debut during the 1988-89 season and was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team following the 1990-91 season.
Weinrich was New Jersey's third choice (second round, 32nd overall) in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft.