Marlies turn to former Pieri winner Gilbert

The Toronto Marlies on Thursday introduced their new head coach, Greg Gilbert.

Gilbert replaces Paul Maurice, who was promoted to the head job of the parent Maple Leafs earlier this summer.

Gilbert, 44, spent four seasons as an AHL head coach from 1996-2000, leading the Worcester IceCats to a combined record of 145-138-37 and four consecutive trips to the Calder Cup Playoffs.

In 1996-97, his first season behind the bench, Gilbert led the IceCats to a 100-point season and the New England Division championship, and earned the Louis A.R. Pieri Award as the AHL’s outstanding coach.

He left the IceCats to join the NHL’s Calgary Flames as an assistant coach in 2000, and was promoted to head coach later in the 2000-01 season. He guided the Flames until December 2002, and had spent the last three years at the helm of the OHL’s Mississauga Ice Dogs.

Gilbert played 837 games in the NHL during his career, winning Stanley Cups with the New York Islanders (1982, 1983) and New York Rangers (1994).

Gilbert is a former captain of the Toronto Marlboros junior team.