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Wolf Pack's John Paddock Named The Hockey News Minor Pro Coach of the Year

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
John Paddock, who last month led the Hartford Wolf Pack to their first Calder Cup championship, will be named the Minor Pro Coach of the Year by The Hockey News in their July 2000 issue.

Paddock, who turned 46 just five days after raising the Calder Cup on June 4, led Hartford to a regular-season mark of 49-24-7 in his first year behind the Wolf Pack bench. He then guided the club to playoff victories over Springfield, Worcester, Providence, and Rochester, becoming the first man in AHL history to lead three different franchises to championships. Paddock coached the Maine Mariners (1984) and the Hershey Bears (1988) to Calder Cup titles, after winning a pair of championships as a player with the Mariners in the late 1970s.

Previous winners of the award include Marc Crawford, Mike Milbury, and Bryan Murray.

The 1999-2000 season was Paddock’s first as a head coach since handed off the coaching reins of the Winnipeg Jets in 1995 to become the team’s full-time general manager. The native of Oak River, Manitoba, has posted a record of 345-244-51 (.579) in eight seasons as an AHL head coach with Hartford, Binghamton, Hershey, and Maine since 1983. The 345 victories are sixth-most in AHL history. He has added a mark of 66-42 (.611) in Calder Cup playoff games.
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