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McLellan Fills In Staff

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks

San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson and Head Coach Todd McLellan announced today that Trent Yawney, Todd Richards and Jay Woodcroft will serve asassistant coaches on McLellan’s staff. In addition, Corey Schwab has been named as the organization’s goaltending development coach. In keeping with club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed. 

Yawney, 42, most recently spent the 2007-08 season as a scout for the Anaheim Ducks. He also served as Head Coach of Team Canada at the World Under-18 Championships held in Finland, April 11-22, 2007. 

“Trent has a vast experience as a player and as a coach,” said McLellan. “He’s also had some experience as a young head coach in Chicago and I think I will be able to tap into him for his knowledge in certain situations.”

A native of Hudson Bay, Sask., Yawney spent 14 seasons with the Blackhawks organization, most recently having served as the 35th head coach in their franchise history from 2005-2007. He posted a 33-55-15 record in just over one season as Chicago’s bench boss.

Before coaching the Blackhawks, Yawney served as the head coach for their American Hockey League affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals, for five seasons. Yawney was named the head coach of the Admirals on June 23, 2000, their inaugural season in the AHL. Under Yawney's guidance, Norfolk posted a 189-144-42-25 regular season record over five seasons while winning back-to-back South Division titles in 2001-02 and 2002-03. The Admirals made five consecutive playoff appearances and advanced to the conference semifinals twice while seeing over 50 players advance to the Blackhawks during that span. Yawney was honored by The Hockey News as their 2003-04 "Minor Pro Coach of the Year."

Yawney’s coaching experience began during the 1998-99 season. He played in 20 games with the Blackhawks before suffering a broken arm in January. Out for the season due to the injury, Yawney began assisting the Blackhawks coaching staff on an informal basis.  Upon being named head coach in February, Lorne Molleken, a sharks assistant coach in 2001-02, formally named Yawney an assistant coach on February 22, 1999.

Yawney played in 593 career NHL games over 12 seasons with Chicago, Calgary and St. Louis. The defenseman collected 129 points (27 goals, 102 assists) along with 783 penalty minutes.   He also appeared in 60 postseason contests, helping lead the Blackhawks into the Western Conference Finals in 1989 and 1990.  Yawney was named as captain for Team Canada in the 1988 Winter Olympics in Nagano.  He was originally drafted by the Blackhawks in the third round (45th overall) of the 1984 NHL Entry Draft.

Yawney was teammates in Chicago with Wilson from 1987-1991 and current Sharks forward Jeremy Roenick from 1988-1991 with the Blackhawks. He was also teammates with McLellan from 1983-1985 with the Western Hockey League’s Saskatoon Blades.

Richards, 41, spent the last two seasons as the head coach of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the top AHL development affiliate of the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins. During his tenure with Wilkes-Barren/Scranton, Richards coached his teams to a 98-50-5-8 overall record with two Calder Cup playoff appearances, including a trip to the finals last season.

“Todd is a young coach who in his tenure as a head coach had a tremendous amount of success,” said McLellan. “He’s won a championship in the AHL and has been to the finals three times so he knows what being a part of championship teams feels like. Todd also has a very good background as a player and his positive attitude will have a big impact on this team.”

The 2007-08 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins finished second overall in the AHL with 111 points in 80 games. The Penguins made it to their third Calder Cup Finals in their nine-year existence, but fell to the Chicago Wolves in six games. With a victory in Game Four of the Calder Cup Finals, Richards became Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s all-time playoff coaching wins leader with 18, passing current Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Michel Therrien.

Before joining the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Richards spent four seasons as an assistant with the Milwaukee Admirals. During that time the Admirals made four playoff appearances, advancing to the Calder Cup Finals twice. Milwaukee captured the 2004 AHL Championship by sweeping Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in four games.

Richards joined the Admirals coaching staff after a successful 13-year professional career that included championships in the International Hockey League, AHL and Swiss B league.

The Crystal, Minn. native was drafted by the Montreal Canadians in the second round (33rd overall) of the 1985 NHL Entry Draft, and began his career with the club’s AHL affiliate in Sherbrooke during the 1989-90 season. The defenseman was traded to the Hartford Whalers (now Carolina Hurricans) the following season and spent most of that year playing for the Springfield Indians, helping to capture a Calder Cup title. He also made his NHL debut with the Whalers during that season, recording four assists and two penalty minutes in two games.

In 1994-95, Richards played for the IHL’s Las Vegas Thunder and was named the league’s top defender. After spending the next six seasons in the IHL, Richards concluded his playing career with Servette Geneve of Switzerland in 2001-02, helping the club to a Swiss B league title. He was again acknowledged for his on-ice efforts and captured the award as the league’s top defenseman.  

Woodcroft, 31, spent the last three seasons as the video coach for the Detroit Red Wings. He worked closely with McLellan and the other Detroit coaches, watching games while on live headset and offering analysis. He controlled and managed the team's video capture and editing system and was responsible for presenting video breakdowns to staff and players during intermissions, as well as preparing video scouting reports for game preparation and breakdowns of situations and individual player performances for postgame review.

A native of Toronto, Ontario, Woodcroft will play a pivotal role in video breakdown and will serve as the team’s “eye in the sky” during games.  

“Jay was a huge part of our success as a team and as a coaching staff in Detroit,” said McLellan. “He’s someone I’ve become close to and I think he is prepared to take on a greater role with this organization. He will take on more responsibilities as far as coaching and will also help in video breakdown.”

As a player, Woodcroft enjoyed a six-year minor league career.  He spent the 2004-05 season in Germany playing for the Stuttgart Wizards and, in his career, enjoyed stints with the Corpus Christi Rayz (Central Hockey League), Flint Generals (United Hockey League), Anchorage Aces (WCHL), Missouri River Otters (UHL) and Jackson Bandits (ECHL).  

Schwab, 37, will assume the goaltending development coaching duties for Sharks prospects in Worcester (AHL), Phoenix (ECHL) and amateur leagues. He spent the last three seasons as associate goaltending coach and scout for the Tampa Bay Lightning. 

The North Battlefield, Saskatchewan native will work closely with Wayne Thomas, whose responsibilities as the Vice President and Assistant General Manager of the San Jose Sharks and General Manager of the Worcester Sharks include coaching the goaltenders at the NHL level.  

“Corey comes highly recommended from the organizations he has both played and coached for,” said Thomas. “He had the privilege of playing for Warren Strelow and understands Warren’s teachings and is excited about continuing the Strelow legacy.”

A veteran of 147 regular season games over his eight-year NHL career, Schwab posted a 42-63-13 record with a 2.89 goals against average and a .896 save percentage. He posted six shutouts in his time with New Jersey, Tampa Bay, Vancouver and Toronto.

In addition to naming the four new coaches, McLellan has included former Shark Mike Ricci on his staff as a Development Coach for the organization. Ricci will provide assistance on the ice when the team is at home. He will also work closely with Bryan Marchment, visiting Sharks prospects in Worcester and various Junior teams.                                                                                                                                                               

“I think Todd has selected several tremendous individuals to help him guide our team and teach our players,” said Wilson. “Each of them comes from winning traditions and strong organizations and they all have a solid background in the game of hockey. They each will be able to apply their knowledge and experiences towards our group of players as we strive towards our goal of winning the Stanley Cup.”


HEAD COACHING RECORD OF TRENT YAWNEY                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Season                      Team              LGE   G         W         L          T          OTL   P%                   PLAYOFF RESULTS

2000-01        Norfolk  AHL 80   36   26   13   5   0.562     Lost in round 2

2001-02        Norfolk  AHL 80   38   26   12   4   0.575     Lost in round 1

2002-03        Norfolk  AHL 80   37   26   12   5   0.569     Lost in round 2

2003-04        Norfolk  AHL 80   35   36   4    5   0.494     Lost in round 1

2004-05        Norfolk  AHL 80   43   30   6    1   0.581     Lost in round 1

2005-06        Chicago  NHL 82   26   43   0    13 0.396     Out of Playoffs

2006-07        Chicago  NHL 82   31   42   0    9   0.433     Out of Playoffs

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PLAYING CAREER OF TRENT YAWNEY – DEFENSE

BORN: September 29, 1965 in Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan

                                            --- Regular Season --- ---- Playoffs ----
Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A Pts PIM GP   G   A Pts PIM
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1981-82 Saskatoon J's               SJHL    0    0    0    0    0 -- -- -- -- --     
1981-82 Saskatoon Blades            WHL     6    1    0    1    0 -- -- -- -- --
1982-83 Saskatoon Blades            WHL    59    6   31   37   44   6   0   2   2   0
1983-84 Saskatoon Blades           WHL    72   13   46   59   81 -- -- -- -- --
1984-85 Saskatoon Blades            WHL    72   16   51   67 158   3   1   6   7   7
1985-86 Canadian National Team      Intl   73    6   15   21   60 -- -- -- -- --
1986-87 Canadian National Team      Intl   51    4   15   19   37 -- -- -- -- --
1987-88 Canadian National Team      Intl   68    5   13   18   87 -- -- -- -- --
1987-88 Chicago Blackhawks          NHL    15    2    8   10   15   5   0   4   4   8
1988-89 Chicago Blackhawks          NHL    69    5   19   24 116 15   3   6   9 20
1989-90 Chicago Blackhawks          NHL    70    5   15   20   82 20   3   5   8 27
1990-91 Chicago Blackhawks          NHL    61    3   13   16   77   1   0   0   0   0
1991-92 Indianapolis Ice            IHL     9    2    3    5   12 -- -- -- -- --
1991-92 Calgary Flames              NHL    47    4    9   13   45 -- -- -- -- --
1992-93 Calgary Flames              NHL    63    1   16   17   67   6   3   2   5   6
1993-94 Calgary Flames              NHL    58    6   15   21   60   7   0   0   0 16
1994-95 Calgary Flames              NHL    37    0    2    2 108   2   0   0   0   2
1995-96 Calgary Flames              NHL    69    0    3    3   88   4   0   0   0   2
1996-97 St. Louis Blues             NHL    39    0    2    2   17 -- -- -- -- --
1997-98 Chicago Blackhawks          NHL    45    1    0    1   76 -- -- -- -- --
1998-99 Chicago Blackhawks          NHL    20    0    0    0   32 -- -- -- -- --
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         NHL Totals                        593   27 102 129 783 60   9 17 26 81
 
 

HEAD COACHING RECORD OF  TODD RICHARDS                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Season              Team                      LGE   G         W         L          T          OTL   P%                  PLAYOFF RESULTS

2006-07     Wilkes-Barre AHL 80   36   26   13   5   0.562     Lost in round 3
2007-08     Wilkes-Barre AHL 80   38   26   12   4   0.575     Lost in Finals
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PLAYING CAREER OF TODD RICHARDS – DEFENSE

BORN: October 20, 1966 in Crystal, Minnesota

                                   --- Regular Season --- ---- Playoffs ----                                   

Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A Pts PIM GP   G   A Pts PIM

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1985-86 U. of Minnesota             NCAA   38    6   23   29   38

1986-87 U. of Minnesota             NCAA   49    8   43   51   70

1987-88 U.S. National Team          Intl    0    0    0    0    0

1987-88 U. of Minnesota             NCAA   34   10   30   40   26

1988-89 U. of Minnesota             NCAA   46    6   32   38   60

1989-90 Sherbrooke Canadiens        AHL    71    6   18   24   73   5   1   2   3   6

1990-91 Fredericton Canadiens       AHL     3    0    1    1    2 -- -- -- -- --

1990-91 Springfield Indians         AHL    71   10   41   51   62 14   2   8 10   2

1990-91 Hartford Whalers            NHL     2    0    4    4    2   6   0   0   0   2

1991-92 Springfield Indians         AHL    43    6   23   29   33   8   0   3   3   2

1991-92 Hartford Whalers            NHL     6    0    0    0    2   5   0   3   3   4

1992-93 Springfield Indians         AHL    78   13   42   55   53   9  1   5   6   2

1993-94 Las Vegas Thunder           IHL    80   11   35   46 122   5   1   4   5 18

1994-95 Las Vegas Thunder           IHL    80   12   49   61 130   9   1   2   3   6

1995-96 Orlando Solar Bears         IHL    81   19   54   73   59  23   4   9 13   8

1996-97 Orlando Solar Bears         IHL    82    9   36   45 134 10   0   1   1   4

1997-98 Orlando Solar Bears         IHL    75    6   37   43   68 17   3   8 11 13

1998-99 Orlando Solar Bears         IHL    67   11   26   37   61 16   3   7 10 14

1999-00 Orlando Solar Bears         IHL    43    7   18   25   26   6   0   5   5   4

2000-01 Orlando Solar Bears         IHL    75    9   28   37   60 16   2 11 13   8

2001-02 Servette Geneve             Swiss 34   11   26   37   18

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         NHL Totals                          8    0    4    4    4 11   0   3   3   6

PLAYING CAREER OF JAY WOODCROFT - CENTER
BORN: August 11, 1976 in Toronto, Ontario
                                            --- Regular Season --- ---- Playoffs ----
Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A Pts PIM GP   G   A Pts PIM
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1996-97 U. of Alabama-Huntsville    NCAA   27    9   14   23    0 -- -- -- -- --
1997-98 U. of Alabama-Huntsville    NCAA   30   17   25   42    0 -- -- -- -- --
1998-99 U. of Alabama-Huntsville    NCAA   27   19   19   38    0 -- -- -- -- --
1999-00 U. of Alabama-Huntsville    NCAA   29    5   15   20   46 -- -- -- -- --
1999-00 Jackson Bandits             ECHL    1    1    0    1    0 -- -- -- -- --
2000-01 Missouri River Otters       UHL    56    7   12   19   64 -- -- -- -- --
2001-02 Flint Generals              UHL    19    3    6    9   16   5   0   1   1 12
2001-02 Anchorage Aces              WCHL   31    1    3    4   29 -- -- -- -- --
2002-03 Flint Generals              UHL    63   17   18   35   81 -- -- -- -- --
2003-04 Corpus Christi Rayz         CHL    47   16   15   31   48 -- -- -- -- --
2004-05 Stuttgart Wizards           GerOb 36   20   29   49   89 -- -- -- -- --
 
 
PLAYING CAREER OF COREY SCHWAB - GOALTENDER
BORN: November 4, 1970 in North Battleford, Saskatoon
 
Season   Team                        Lge    GP   Min   GA EN SO   GAA   W   L   T   Svs    Pct
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1988-89 Seattle Thunderbirds        WHL    10   386   31   0 0 4.82   0   0   0     0 0.000
1989-90 Seattle Thunderbirds        WHL    27 1150   69   1 0 3.60   0   0   0     0 0.000
1990-91 Seattle Thunderbirds        WHL   58 3289 224   1 1 4.09   0   0   0     0 0.000
1991-92 Cincinnati Cyclones         ECHL    8   450   31   0 0 4.13   6   0   1   214 0.873
1991-92 Utica Devils                AHL    24 1322   95   2 0 4.31   9 12   1   672 0.876
1992-93 Utica Devils                AHL    40 2387 169   2 2 4.25 18 16   5 1277 0.883
1992-93 Cincinnati Cyclones         IHL     3   185   17   0 0 5.51   1   2   0    78 0.821
1993-94 Albany River Rats           AHL    51 3058 184   7 0 3.61 27 21   3 1447 0.887
1994-95 Albany River Rats           AHL    45 2711 117   1 3 2.59 25 10   9 1132 0.906
1995-96 Albany River Rats           AHL     5   299   13   0 0 2.61   3   2   0   115 0.898
1995-96 New Jersey Devils           NHL   10   331   12   0 0 2.18   0   3   0   107 0.899
1996-97 Tampa Bay Lightning         NHL    31 1462   74   2 2 3.04 11 12   1   645 0.897
1997-98 Tampa Bay Lightning         NHL    16   821   40   2 1 2.92   2   9   1   370 0.892
1998-99 Tampa Bay Lightning         NHL    40 2146 126   2 0 3.52   8 25   3 1026 0.891
1998-99 Cleveland Lumberjacks       IHL     8   477   31   2 0 3.90   1   6   1   239 0.885
1999-00 Syracuse Crunch             AHL    12   720   42   2 0 3.50   7   5   0   337 0.889
1999-00 Orlando Solar Bears         IHL    16   868   31   0 1 2.14   9   4   2   327 0.913
1999-00 Vancouver Canucks           NHL     6   269   16   0 0 3.57   2   1   1   115 0.861
2000-01 Kansas City Blades          IHL   50 2866 150   5 2 3.14 22 24   1 1385 0.902
2001-02 Toronto Maple Leafs         NHL    30 1646   75   1 1 2.73 12 10   5   707 0.894
2002-03 New Jersey Devils           NHL    11   614   15   0 1 1.47   5   3   1   208 0.933
2003-04 New Jersey Devils           NHL     3   187    2   0 1 0.64   2   0   1    66 0.971
 
 
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