Crunch’s Lauer joins Ducks staff

The Anaheim Ducks have named Brad Lauer an assistant under new head coach Bruce Boudreau.

Lauer, 45, had been named assistant coach of the Syracuse Crunch, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the AHL, on July 12, 2011, and helped the team to a 9-7-2-1 record over its first 19 games.

Lauer had previously served as an assistant coach with the Ottawa Senators from 2009-11. Prior to joining the Senators, Lauer was an assistant with the Milwaukee Admirals (Nashville’s AHL affiliate) from 2007-09. In 2008-09, he helped guide the Admirals to a 49-22-3-6 record, a Western Division title and a share of the league lead in points (107).

He began his coaching career in 2002 with the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League (WHL) and served as an assistant for five seasons. During his time with Kootenay, the club had two 100-point and three 40-win seasons.

Selected by the New York Islanders in the second round (34th overall) of the 1985 NHL Entry Draft, Lauer appeared in 323 career NHL contests with the Islanders, Chicago, Ottawa and Pittsburgh. He also spent time in the AHL during his playing days with Springfield and Capital District.

Boudreau, a 2009 inductee into the American Hockey League Hall of Fame, was named head coach of the Ducks on Wednesday night.