Shaw named Islanders’ interim coach

Former AHL defenseman and head coach Brad Shaw was today named interim head coach of the NHL’s New York Islanders.

Shaw, who began the year as an assistant for the Islanders, takes over for Steve Stirling, who has been relieved of his duties.

"Brad is a very bright, charismatic and passionate coach, someone I’m counting on to get the most out of our team," said Islanders owner Charles Wang. "I’m very happy that Brad has taken on this responsibility."

Shaw, 41, played three-and-a-half seasons in the AHL with the Binghamton Whalers before settling in for an NHL career that included 377 games over parts of 11 seasons. In 1986-87, Shaw won the Eddie Shore Award as the AHL’s outstanding defenseman.

Shaw served as an assistant coach for the Springfield Falcons in 2001-02 before spending three seasons as the head coach of the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks. In 2005, Shaw led the Ducks to a first-round upset of the defending-champion Milwaukee Admirals in the Calder Cup Playoffs.