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This Date in NHL History

Aug. 10: Rangers, Canucks change coaches

Plus: Mighty Ducks make first trade; Colorado announces Avalanche as team name

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1994: Each of the participants in the recent Stanley Cup Final announces a coaching change.

Colin Campbell is named the 28th coach in the history of the New York Rangers. Campbell, an assistant for the previous four seasons, succeeds Mike Keenan, who leaves for the St. Louis Blues after coaching the Rangers to their first championship since 1940. Campbell gets the Rangers into the Stanley Cup Playoffs in each of his three full seasons, and they reach the Eastern Conference Final in 1997. However, he is fired 57 games into the 1997-98 season.

Two months after losing the seven-game Final to the Rangers, the Vancouver Canucks name Rick Ley the 12th coach in their history. Ley, an assistant under Pat Quinn, takes over when Quinn opts to leave coaching and concentrate on his roles as general manager and team president. The Canucks go 18-18 with 12 ties in 1994-95 and advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. But they are 29-32 and 15 ties with six games remaining in the 1995-96 season when Quinn fires Ley and goes back behind the bench.



1993: The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, one of two expansion teams preparing to debut in the NHL in the fall, make their first trade, sending a third-round pick in the 1994 NHL Draft to the Montreal Canadiens for forwards Todd Ewen and Patrik Carnback, two members of Montreal's Stanley Cup-winning team. Each plays three seasons with Anaheim.


1995: Colorado's new NHL team officially announces that it will be called the Avalanche and publicly displays its burgundy, blue and silver logo for the first time. The former Quebec Nordiques, now playing in Denver, go on to cap the first season in their new home by winning the Stanley Cup.

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