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Rangers Name Terry O’Reilly and Jim Schoenfeld Assistant Coaches

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that Terry O’Reilly (right) and Jim Schoenfeld have been named assistant coaches of the hockey club. O’Reilly and Schoenfeld, along with current assistant, Ted Green, will complete newly-appointed head coach Bryan Trottier’s coaching staff. Green, O’Reilly and Schoenfeld will assist Trottier with all coaching duties.

“The opportunity to add two individuals with the experience of Terry and Jim is another positive step for the Rangers organization,” said Sather in making the announcement. “I believe we have assembled a coaching staff that will command a tremendous amount of respect in the lockerroom and the National Hockey League and will maximize our players’ abilities.”

“I am extremely excited that Terry and Jim will be joining Ted (Green) and myself in New York,” stated Rangers head coach Bryan Trottier. “Both men were true competitors as players and are highly respected for their hockey knowledge. I feel confident that we all share the same philosophies and are committed to returning the Rangers to the elite of the NHL.”

O’Reilly, 51, returns to the coaching arena where he enjoyed significant success with the Boston Bruins organization. After retiring from the Bruins in 1985, O’Reilly served as a broadcaster for the club prior to assuming the head coaching duties on November 5, 1986. As the 17th coach in Bruins’ history, he posted a 115-86-26 record (.564 winning percentage) and guided the club to three consecutive playoff appearances.

During his first full season behind the Boston bench, O’Reilly posted a 44-30-6 record during the regular season, culminating with a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals. It was the Bruins’ first trip the Finals since O’Reilly and his Boston teammates faced the Montreal Canadiens in 1978.

A veteran of 14 seasons in the National Hockey League, O’Reilly skated in 891 regular season games, all as a Bruin, from 1971-72 to 1984-85. Known for his tenacity and desire, he registered 204 goals and 402 assists for 606 points for the Bruins, along with a franchise record 2,095 penalty minutes. O’Reilly appeared in two Stanley Cup Finals and skated in two NHL All-Star games. Boston’s first round selection, 14th overall, in the 1971 NHL Entry Draft, he served as captain of the Bruins from the 1983-84 season through his retirement in 1985.

A native of Niagara Falls, Ontario, O’Reilly and his wife, Lourdes, have two sons, Conor and Evan.

Schoenfeld, 49, joins the Rangers after serving as a lead analyst for ESPN’s National Hockey Night for the past three seasons. A veteran of 10 seasons in the National Hockey League as a head coach, he compiled a 256-246-78 record (.509 winning percentage) with the Buffalo Sabres, New Jersey Devils, Washington Capitals and the Phoenix Coyotes.

Prior to his second and most recent tenure in broadcasting, Schoenfeld guided Phoenix to a record of 72-66-24 over the course of the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons. During the 1998-99 campaign, Schoenfeld’s Coyotes posted a 39-31-12 record, ranking second in franchise history for most victories in a single season. For his efforts that season, he was selected to represent Phoenix at the 1999 NHL All-Star Game as a member of the North American team’s coaching staff.

After leaving ESPN to assume head coaching duties of the Washington Capitals on January 27, 1994, Schoenfeld posted a record of 113-102-34 (.522 winning percentage) in 249 games and three-plus seasons. He ranks fourth in Capitals history in games coached (249), victories (113) and winning percentage (.522). Schoenfeld guided the New Jersey Devils from January 26, 1988 through November 6, 1990, leading the club to a record of 50-59-15 in 124 games. During the 1987-88 season, he was responsible for leading the Devils to their first ever Stanley Cup Playoff appearance, taking the club to within one game of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Schoenfeld made his NHL head coaching debut with the Buffalo Sabres during the 1985-86 season, where he directed the team until January 15, before general manager Scotty Bowman resumed his coaching career. Before joining the Sabres coaching staff, he served as head coach of Buffalo’s top American Hockey League affiliate, the Rochester Americans, for a portion of the 1984-85 season. Schoenfeld’s stint behind the Americans’ bench ended when he came out of retirement and rejoined the Sabres’ active lineup on December 19, 1984.

A veteran of 13 seasons in the National Hockey League, Schoenfeld appeared in 719 games with the Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings and Boston Bruins from 1972-73 through 1984-85. A former captain of the Buffalo Sabres, he registered 51 goals and 204 assists for 255 points, along with 1,132 penalty minutes. Schoenfeld was named to the NHL’s Second All-Star Team in 1979-80 and participated in the 1977 and 1980 NHL All-Star Games, as well as the 1979 Challenge Cup series. Originally selected by the Buffalo Sabres in the first round, 5th overall, in the 1972 NHL Entry Draft, he is a member of the Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame and the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame.

A native of Galt, Ontario, Schoenfeld and his wife, Theresa, have a daughter, Katie, and three sons, Justin, Adam and Nathan.
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