FORMER LOS ANGELES ASSISTANT REPLACES WEEKS
RALEIGH, NC (Aug. 1, 2001) – Jim Rutherford, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, announced the team has hired former National Hockey League goaltender Don Edwards as goaltender consultant.
Edwards, 45, spent the last six seasons working with the Los Angeles Kings as an assistant coach and goaltending consultant. Edwards will work with Carolina’s goaltenders throughout the system and replaces Steve Weeks, who left to become an assistant coach with the Atlanta Thrashers.
“We are certainly delighted to bring Don aboard,” Rutherford said. “He brings a wealth of experience to the Hurricanes both as a coach and as a successful player.”
Edwards spent 10 years in the NHL with Buffalo, Calgary and Toronto before his retirement following the 1986-87 season. Edwards and teammate Bob Sauve won the Vezina Trophy as the league’s top goaltender in 1979-80 when they allowed a league-low 201 goals with Buffalo. Edwards also was named a second-team NHL All-Star in 1977-78 and 1979-80.
Edwards, a fifth-round pick (89th overall) by Buffalo in 1975, played a league-high 72 games in 1977-78. He also led the league with 38 wins and 4,209 minutes played that season.
Following his playing career, Edwards was a color commentator for TSN at the 1988 Winter Olympics and also worked for SportsChannel America and Hockey Night in Canada from 1989-91. He also spent time as General Manager/Director of Hockey Operations with Ayr, Scotland, of the Premier Division in the United Kingdom.