Lauer is reunited with head coach Cory Clouston and joins assistant coach Greg Carvel, goaltending coach Eli Wilson and video coach Tim Pattyson. Luke Richardson will remain in the organization as a part-time coach. The Senators also rounded out their training staff, adding Chris Schwarz as the team’s conditioning coach and Dom Nicoletta as assistant athletic therapist.
Lauer, who played 30 games with the Senators in 1993-94, served as Clouston’s assistant for five seasons with the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League. During his seasons with the Ice, from 2002-03 to 2006-07, the team picked up more than 100 points twice and won 40 games three times. Kootenay’s winning percentage during that span was .638, while its 139 wins over Lauer’s last three seasons are the most in any three years combined in team history.
For the past two seasons, Lauer has been assistant coach under Lane Lambert with the American Hockey League’s Milwaukee Admirals. The Admirals finished the 2008-09 season tied for the best record in the AHL with 107 points, from 49 wins, 22 losses and nine overtime losses. Milwaukee lost to the Houston Aeros in the West Division final four games to three. In his first season with the Admirals in 2007-08, they finished fourth in the West Division with 95 points (44-29-6), losing in the first round of the Calder Cup playoffs.
The New York Islanders’ second-round pick in the 1985 draft, Lauer played three seasons with the Canadian Hockey League’s Regina Pats beginning in 1983-84. He completed his 16-year pro playing career at the end of the 2001-02 season and posted 111 points on 44 goals and 67 assists in 323 career NHL games with the New York Islanders, Senators, Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins. His most successful NHL campaign came during the 1987-88 season when he recorded 35 points (17 goals, 18 assists) in 69 games with the Islanders. He was also a member of the 1991-92 Blackhawks team that reached the Stanley Cup final.
Lauer also played 13 seasons in the AHL and the International Hockey League. Suiting up with the Indianapolis Ice, Las Vegas Thunder, Cleveland Lumberjacks and Utah Grizzlies of the IHL, he recorded 273 goals and 275 assists for 548 career points. He also skated for the AHL’s Springfield Indians and Capital-District Islanders, where he registered 28 points (10-18) in 26 games.
In 1992-93, his best minor-league campaign, Lauer topped all IHL players with 50 goals and finished fifth in the league in scoring with 91 points in only 62 games with the Indianapolis Ice.
The 42-year-old native of Humboldt, Sask., finished his playing career with the Sheffield Steelers of the British Super League in 2001-02.
SCHWARZ AND NICOLETTA
An Ottawa native, Schwarz comes to the Senators after spending the last two seasons as the New York Islanders’ strength and conditioning coach. Schwarz has more than 17 years of experience working as a strength and conditioning coach throughout North America and Europe.
Schwarz, 37, is the former head strength and conditioning coach with the Ottawa 67’s and has spent time as the director of fitness and performance at the Ottawa 67's Sports Performance Centre. He is the founder and president of Fitquest, a sports performance training and exercise rehabilitation company in Ottawa.
Schwarz studied at Dalhousie University in Halifax. He also played volleyball professionally in both France and Belgium.
Nicoletta, who had previously worked for the Senators for two seasons (2002-04), returns to Ottawa from its AHL affiliate Binghamton Senators, where he spent the last five seasons as the team’s head athletic therapist.
The 36-year-old Nicoletta began his career as an assistant athletic therapist with the Canadian Football League’s Toronto Argonauts, where he worked for one season. He then spent two years in Ottawa with the Senators as assistant athletic therapist. Nicoletta has worked with the Ottawa players during their annual development camp, training camp and playoffs during each of the last seven hockey seasons.
Glen Kinney replaces Nicoletta as the Binghamton Senators athletic therapist. Kinney, who has been with the Ontario Hockey League’s Sarnia Sting since the 2002-03 season, has also served as a trainer for Hockey Canada’s national under-18 team and several selection camps.