Morris earns 300th coaching win

Mark Morris became just the 17th coach in American Hockey League history to reach 300 career victories when his Manchester Monarchs defeated the Norfolk Admirals, 3-1, at the Verizon Wirelss Arena in Manchester, N.H., on Wednesday.

Morris needed 567 games to reach the milestone, and now owns a career record of 300-232-34 (.559), all with the Monarchs. The 55-year-old native of Massena, N.Y., joined the Los Angeles Kings organization in 2006 as head coach of their top affiliate in Manchester and has guided the Monarchs to the postseason in six of his first seven seasons, including trips to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2007 and 2010.

Morris has also assisted in advancing many NHL careers and turning Monarchs players into Stanley Cup champions; more than half of the Kings’ 2012 championship team was coached by Morris in Manchester, including Jonathan Quick, Slava Voynov, Dwight King, Jordan Nolan, Kyle Clifford and Jonathan Bernier.

Morris, who was 306-156-42 in 14-plus seasons at Clarkson University from 1988-2002, also becomes the first coach ever with at least 300 wins at both the professional and U.S. collegiate levels.

Prior to coaching, Morris played three seasons professionally, mostly in the AHL with the New Haven Nighthawks from 1981-84.


AHL Head Coaches, 300+ Wins
Coach WinsSeasons
1.Fred "Bun" Cook6361937-56
2.Frank Mathers6101956-73, 84-85
3.John Paddock589 1981-82, 83-89, 90-91,
1999-2005, 08-09, 10-11
4.*Roy Sommer5431998-
5.Terry Reardon3621947-53, 65-68, 70-73, 75-76
6.Robbie Ftorek353 1985-88, 89-90, 92-96, 2003-06
7.Randy Cunneyworth3502000-08, 10-11
8.Bruce Boudreau3401999-2008
9.John Van Boxmeer3371984-90, 92-95
10.Johnny Crawford3331950-52, 55-60, 61-62, 64-66
11.Tom McVie3291982-91, 97-98
12.Don Lever3221990-92, 2005-11
13.*John Anderson3122001-08, 13-
14.Joe Crozier3051963-68, 71-72, 79-80, 83-84
15.Al MacNeil3041969-70, 71-77
16.Greg Gilbert3021996-2000, 2006-11
17.*Mark Morris3002006-