Dallas Eakins was named head coach of the Anaheim Ducks on June 17, 2019. With the announcement, Eakins became the 10th head coach in franchise history.
Eakins, 52 (1/20/67), most recently served as head coach for the San Diego Gulls of the American Hockey League (AHL) from 2015-19. In his four seasons behind the bench, Eakins led San Diego to a 154-95-23 record and three trips to the Calder Cup Playoffs. Under Eakins, the Gulls led the AHL Pacific Division in wins, points (331) and points percentage (.608) since the division's inception in 2015-16.
Eakins joined the Anaheim organization June 26, 2015 after serving as head coach of the Edmonton Oilers from 2013-15. The Oilers went 36-63-14 in 113 games under Eakins, who had previously spent four seasons as head coach of the AHL's Toronto Marlies (2009-13). In 584 career AHL games with San Diego and Toronto, Eakins led his teams to a 311-209-64 record and five appearances in the Calder Cup Playoffs. Eakins helped San Diego advance to the 2019 Western Conference Finals and guided his 2011-12 Marlies club to an appearance in the 2012 Calder Cup Finals.
Selected by Washington in the 10th round (208th overall) of the 1985 NHL Draft, Eakins appeared in 120 NHL contests with Winnipeg, Florida, St. Louis, Phoenix, New York Rangers and Islanders, Toronto, and Calgary. The defenseman collected 0-9=9 points with a +6 rating and 208 penalty minutes (PIM) in his NHL career. Eakins also played in the AHL and International Hockey League (IHL) during his professional career, winning both the Calder Cup (2002) and Turner Cup (2000).