Rich Preston is in the midst of his fourth season as an assistant coach for the Anaheim Ducks. Preston was a member of an Anaheim staff that led the club to a second-place finish in the Pacific Division with a 44-25-13 record in 2017-18.
A native of Regina, Saskatchewan, Preston previously served as an NHL assistant coach with Chicago (1991-95), Calgary (1997-00 & 2003-09), and San Jose (2000-03). He was the Head Coach of his hometown Regina Pats (WHL) from 1995-97 and the General Manager/Head Coach of Lethbridge (WHL) from 2009-13. With the Pats, Preston helped the team to a franchise-record 27-game home undefeated streak during the 1996-97 season.
Preston played in the NHL from 1979-87, appearing with the Chicago Blackhawks and New Jersey Devils. He appeared in 580 NHL games, scoring 127-164=291 points. He also played in the World Hockey Association, winning championships with the Houston Aeros (1974-75) and Winnipeg Jets (1978-79). Preston was also named the 1979 WHA Playoff MVP with the Jets and collected 133-152=285 points in 388 career WHA games.
Preston and his wife, Laura, have three boys, Troy, Lucas and Thomas, and reside in Calgary.