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New York Rangers Name Ted Green and Walt Kyle Assistant Coaches

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that Ted Green and Walt Kyle have been named assistant coaches of the hockey club. Green and Kyle will assist head coach Ron Low with all coaching duties. Terms of both deals were not disclosed.

Green, 59, joins the Rangers after spending the last 14 seasons with the Edmonton Oilers organization, serving the team in several capacities, including assistant to the president, head coach and assistant coach. Last season, he served as assistant coach under Kevin Lowe. After serving as the Oilers assistant to the president from November 1993 through the 1996-97 season, Green returned behind the bench as an assistant to Ron Low for the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons.

The St. Boniface, Manitoba native began his coaching tenure as an assistant coach with the Oilers organization in 1981 and was an integral part of all five Edmonton Stanley Cup championships. He served as co-coach for the 1989-90 Stanley Cup championship team, and would later assume head coaching duties of the Oilers on June 27, 1991. In two-plus seasons behind the Edmonton bench, Green posted an overall coaching record of 65-102-21 record in 188 games.

As a player and a coach, Green has been associated with 12 championship clubs. His playing career spanned 18 seasons from 1960-61 to 1978-79, and included stops with the Boston Bruins and the WHA’s New England Whalers and Winnipeg Jets. Green would appear in 620 regular season games, registering 48 goals and 206 assists for 254 points, along with 1,029 penalty minutes. He captured a Stanley Cup, three Avco Cups and appeared in two NHL All-Star games.

Green and his wife, Pat, have one daughter, Karen, and two sons, Brian and Chris.

Kyle, 44, joins the Rangers after serving as the head coach of the Edmonton Oilers top affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL) for the past two seasons. Last season, Kyle’s Bulldogs had a 27-40-13 record, finishing third in the Empire Division with 73 points. In post-season play, Hamilton posted a 5-5 record, advancing to the Western Conference Semifinals before falling to Rochester. In two seasons with the Bulldogs, Kyle posted a 67-69(4)-20 record in 160 regular season games, along with a post-season record of 10-11.

Prior to his tenure in Hamilton, Kyle served as an assistant coach with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim for the 1996-97 and 1997-98 seasons. He joined the Mighty Ducks coaching staff after serving two years as the head coach of their top development affiliates: the Baltimore Bandits of the American Hockey League and the San Diego Gulls of the International Hockey League. In 1995-96, he guided Baltimore to a 33-38-9 record and second round showing in the 1996 Calder Cup Playoffs. In San Diego, Kyle coached the Gulls to a 37-36-8 record during the 1994-95 regular season and a Turner Cup playoff berth.

Before joining the Anaheim organization, Kyle spent two seasons as the head coach of the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League, beginning with the 1992-93 season. While in Seattle, Kyle posted an overall regular season record of 63-75-6, along with a 5-5 record in post-season play. His coaching career began at Northern Michigan University, his alma mater, where he played the role of assistant coach for ten seasons. During his stay at Northern Michigan, Kyle helped the Wildcats capture the 1991 NCAA Division I Championship.

The Waterloo, Iowa native has also been involved in the USA Hockey coaching system. He served as the head coach of the 1992 and 1993 National Junior Teams that competed in the World Junior Championships. Kyle’s 1992 club captured the bronze medal in the tournament, becoming one of only three US teams to medal in the World Junior Championships.

Kyle played two seasons at Boston College before transferring to Northern Michigan University in 1978. Serving as team captain for the Wildcats, Kyle led the team to two NCAA Final Fours before graduating in 1981. Kyle and his wife, Ann, have a daughter, Quinn, and a son, Evan.
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