Newark, NJ – The New Jersey Devils today named Geoff Ward and Alain Nasreddine as assistant coaches. They will join Head Coach John Hynes on the team's staff. The announcement was made by Devils' General Manager Ray Shero.
"I welcome Geoff Ward and Alain Nasreddine to the Devils' organization, and look forward to working with both of them," said Shero. "John Hynes and I both feel that these are the ideal individuals to help develop and work with our players on all levels."
Ward, 53, spent 2014-15 with Adler Mannheim of the German Ice Hockey League, where he was named the coach of the year and led the Eagles to the championship. His coaching career spans 22 years, including seven seasons (2007-08 through 2013-14) as an assistant coach with Boston. During that time, the Bruins won the 2011 Stanley Cup Championship, and also reached the Finals in 2013. Ward served five years (2001-05) with the Oilers' organization, including two-plus seasons as head coach of Edmonton's AHL affiliate. He was co-recipient of the league's 2003 Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as coach of the year when he led Hamilton to the Calder Cup Finals. Ward spent the 2005-06 campaign as Edmonton's development coach.
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