The Anaheim Ducks today announced that they have named Dallas Eakins head coach.
Eakins, who spent the last four seasons coaching the Ducks’ AHL affiliate in San Diego, becomes the 10th head coach in franchise history.
“Dallas is an outstanding head coach who has worked well with our players since joining the organization four years ago,” said Ducks executive vice president/general manager Bob Murray. “He is a tremendous leader and strategist, and deserves this opportunity.”
Eakins, 52, led the San Diego Gulls to three postseason appearances during his tenure, advancing to at least the second round all three times and reaching the Western Conference Finals in 2019. The Gulls posted a record of 154-95-15-8 (.608) in Eakins’ four seasons.
Eakins joined the Anaheim organization on June 26, 2015, after serving as head coach of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers for 113 games during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons. He also spent four years as head coach of the Toronto Marlies, guiding them to the Calder Cup Finals in 2012. Eakins was also an assistant with the Marlies in 2005-06 and served in the same role with the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs for two seasons (2006-08) before spending the 2008-09 campaign as the team’s director of player development.
Eakins has coached a total of 584 regular-season games in eight AHL seasons, posting a record of 311-239-34 (W-L/OTL-SOL). He ranks 17th all-time in coaching victories (311).
A 1985 draft pick by the Washington Capitals, Eakins played 120 career NHL games as a defenseman for the Winnipeg Jets, Florida Panthers, St. Louis Blues, Phoenix Coyotes, Toronto Maple Leafs, Calgary Flames, New York Rangers and New York Islanders.
The Dade City, Fla., native also suited up in 609 AHL games during his playing career, winning a Calder Cup with the Chicago Wolves in 2002.