Last week, we determined that a third of the head coaches in the NHL played their junior days in the Ontario Hockey League (read post here). This week we look at the next level down, the American Hockey League, and find it remarkably similar. The AHL has the same number of teams as the NHL (30) and the same number of head coaches that came from the OHL (10)*.
Rob Murray, Providence Bruins. Rob played three seasons with the Peterborough Petes from 1984-85 to 1986-87.
Rick Kowalsky, Albany Devils. Rick played four seasons with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds from 1989-90 to 1992-93.
Jeff Daniels, Charlotte Checkers. Jeff played four seasons with the Oshawa Generals from 1984-85 to 1987-88.
Mark French*, Hershey Bears. Mark is our asterix. French wasn’t actually a player in the OHL but he was assistant coach of the North Bay Centennials for the 1999-00 and 2000-01 seasons.
Randy Cunneyworth, Hamilton Bulldogs. Randy played two seasons with the Ottawa 67’s, 1979-80 and 1980-81.
Claude Noel, Manitoba Moose. Claude played one season with the Kitchener Rangers in 1974-75.
Dallas Eakins, Toronto Marlies. Dallas played four seasons with the Peterborough Petes from 1984-85 to 1987-88.
Don Lever, Chicago Wolves. Don played three seasons for the Niagara Falls Flyers from 1969-70 to 1971-72.
Mike Yeo, Houston Aeros. Mike played four seasons with the Sudbury Wolves from 1990-91 to 1993-94.
Ray Edwards, San Antonio Rampage. Ray played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 1987-88 to 1990-91. He began with the Sudbury Wolves and was moved to the Guelph Platers during his first season. He followed the Platers to Owen Sound for the 1989-90 season and was shipped to the Belleville Bulls part way through the 1990-91 season.
For a more in-depth article on the OHL grads that are now head coaches in the AHL, check this out.