OTTAWA – Ottawa Senators (@Senators) general manager Pierre Dorion announced today the hiring of Rob Cookson as assistant coach.
Cookson, 55, joins head coach Guy Boucher, who was named to the position on May 8 and associate coach Marc Crawford who was appointed to his role the following day.
A native of Lacombe, Alta., Cookson was a member of Boucher’s staff at the 2015 Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland and helped Team Canada win its 13th gold medal at the annual tournament that winter. He has spent the past four seasons as an assistant to Crawford with the Zurich Lions of Switzerland’s Swiss-A League where he contributed to the team’s success as league champions in both 2013-14 and 2015-16. He worked most recently with a National Hockey League club when he spent 11 seasons as a member of the Calgary Flames’ coaching staff from 2001-02 to 2010-11. Prior to joining the Flames, Cookson spent three seasons as video coach with the Philadelphia Flyers.
“Rob is a knowledgeable, detail-oriented and resourceful hockey man who brings considerable NHL experience to this team,” said Boucher. “In addition to having already worked for two NHL organizations, his winning track record at the international level and his exceptional ability to break the game into teaching segments all provide valuable intangibles. Given Rob’s history with both Marc and I, I’m certain that our existing chemistry will see him serve as a perfect complement to our staff.”
Cookson began his career with the Canadian National Team (now Hockey Canada) as manager of video production in 1991 where he assisted the Canadian Hockey program (men’s, women’s and junior) with video scouting and analysis. He also served as video technician for the Canadian Men’s Olympic Team at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, (and at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan), before becoming an assistant coach with Team Canada where he won gold medals at the 1995, 1996, 1997 and 2005 U-20 World Junior Championship, in addition to the 1997 and 2003 World Hockey Championship.
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