John Gruden was named Assistant Coach of the New York Islanders on July 18, 2018.
Gruden spent the previous two seasons as the Head Coach for the Hamilton Bulldogs of the Ontario Hockey League. In 2017-18, Hamilton finished with the best record in the OHL's Eastern Conference (43-18-4-3) and won the J. Ross Robertson Cup as OHL Champions.
Prior to coaching the Bulldogs, Gruden served as Head Coach for the Flint Firebirds (OHL) during the 2015-16 season.
Internationally, Gruden has extensive background with USA Hockey, where he was an Assistant Coach for Team USA at the 2016 U18 World Championships in Grand Forks, ND. He spent four seasons (2011-15) as an Assistant Coach at USA Hockey's National Team Development Program. Gruden helped lead Team USA to gold-medal finishes at both the 2012 and 2014 U18 Men's World Championships.
Gruden, a native of Virginia, Minn. played 92 games over the course of six seasons in the National Hockey League with the Boston Bruins, Ottawa Senators and Washington Capitals. He also played professionally in the American Hockey League, International Hockey League and in Europe. Gruden played for Team USA at the 2003 World Championships in Helsinki, Tampere and Turku, Finland.
Gruden attended Ferris State University, where he played in 155 games and registered 104 points (40 goals, 64 assists). He became the first NCAA Division I All-American in Ferris State Athletics history in 1993-94. He also was the first player in school history to achieve Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) First-Team honors and finished as the runner-up for the CCHA's Player of the Year Award that same season.