Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray announced today the club has hired former National Hockey League goaltender Rick Wamsley to serve as the team’s goaltending coach.
Wamsley joins head coach Cory Clouston and assistants Greg Carvel, Brad Lauer and Luke Richardson, along with video coach Tim Pattyson and conditioning coach Chris Schwarz on Clouston’s staff.
A native of Simcoe, Ont., Wamsley has spent the last four seasons working in the St. Louis Blues’ organization and served most recently as the interim head coach of the team’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen. In 43 games with the Rivermen in 2009-10, he guided the team to a 17-20-6 record. He was hired by the Blues on July 7, 2006, as assistant/goaltending coach after spending the previous seven years as goaltending coach and professional scout with the Columbus Blue Jackets. He began his coaching career as a goaltending consultant with the Toronto Maple Leafs when he retired from professional hockey during the 1992-93 season. With the Maple Leafs he also served two seasons as assistant coach (1996-97 to 1997-98) and one season as an amateur scout (1998-99).
Originally drafted by the Montreal Canadiens with their fifth pick (58th overall) in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft, Wamsley earned a record of 204-131-46 over a 12-season career with Montreal, St. Louis, the Calgary Flames and Toronto. He was a recipient of the William Jennings Trophy (along with Canadiens teammate Denis Herron) as a member of the goaltending tandem who allowed the fewest goals against in the 1980-81 NHL season.
Following three-plus seasons with the Canadiens, he was traded to St. Louis in 1984, where he enjoyed the greatest success of his career. He currently ranks fifth among Blues goaltenders in games played (154) and sixth in victories (75). Following four seasons in St. Louis, he was traded to Calgary where he helped the Flames to their only Stanley Cup in franchise history in 1989.
Wamsley, 51, represented Canada on two occasions in international play, winning a bronze medal at the 1983 world hockey championship before winning silver at the same tournament in 1985.