Dallas Eakins is in the midst of his third season as head coach of the Anaheim Ducks in 2021-22, his seventh season within the organization. Eakins coached his 200th career NHL game Feb. 15, 2021 at San Jose. Named to his current post June 17, 2019, Eakins previously served as head coach for Anaheim's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate in San Diego from 2015-19. In his four seasons behind the bench, Eakins led the Gulls to a 154-95-23 record and three trips to the Calder Cup Playoffs. In addition, San Diego 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. Eakins 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.
The Dade City, Fla. native guided the Marlies to the top of the North Division standings during his final two seasons behind the bench in Toronto while winning four of six playoff series. As a member of the Marlies, Eakins was named one of two head coaches to represent the Western Conference for the AHL All-Star Games for both the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons.
Selected by Washington in the 10th round (208th overall) of the 1985 NHL Draft, Eakins appeared in 120 career NHL games with the Winnipeg Jets, Florida Panthers, St. Louis Blues, Phoenix Coyotes, New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Islanders and Calgary Flames. Eakins also played in the AHL and International Hockey League during his professional career, winning both the Calder Cup (2002) and Turner Cup (2000). His final professional season was with the Manitoba Moose (AHL) before retiring as a player May 26, 2004.