The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim announced today the naming of Randy Carlyle as head coach. Carlyle spent the 2004-05 season as the head coach of the AHL’s Manitoba Moose.
Carlyle is the sixth AHL head coach to be promoted to the NHL this summer, joining Binghamton’s John Paddock (assistant coach, Ottawa), Cincinnati’s Brad Shaw (assistant coach, N.Y. Islanders), Hamilton’s Doug Jarvis (assistant coach, Montreal), Houston’s Todd McLellan (assistant coach, Detroit) and Norfolk’s Trent Yawney (head coach, Chicago).
“Since his days as a player in the NHL, Randy has brought intellect, intensity and competitiveness to his work,” said Anaheim executive vice president and general manager Brian Burke. “In the new era of Mighty Ducks hockey, both our young prospects and veterans will be better players with Randy leading them.”
Carlyle, 49, led Manitoba to a 44-26-3-7 record in 2004-05 and an appearance in the Western Conference finals.
“I believe Brian’s philosophies as a general manager mesh perfectly with my style as a coach,” said Carlyle. “As a team, we will be marked by aggressive play and an up-tempo, offensive minded system.”
In all, Carlyle spent six seasons (1996-2001, 2004-05) as head coach in Manitoba, earning a career mark of 222-159-52-7 with the franchise. He had the additional duties of general manager of the Moose from 1996-2000, adding the title of club president for the 2001-02 season.
Following the 2001-2002 season, Carlyle joined the coaching staff of the Washington Capitals, serving as an assistant coach for two years (2002-04) before rejoining Manitoba last season.
“Randy Carlyle did an outstanding job for us last year with the Moose, both developing our prospects and taking the franchise deep into the Calder Cup Playoffs,” said Dave Nonis, senior vice president and general manager of the Vancouver Canucks. “I have a lot of respect for Randy as a person and as a coach and although we are disappointed to lose him in Manitoba, we are pleased to see him get an NHL head coaching opportunity with Anaheim.”