Thrashers Promote Brad McCrimmon to Associate Coach

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Atlanta Thrashers - News: Thrashers Promote Brad McCrimmon to Associate Coach - 01/01/2008

The Atlanta Thrashers have named Brad McCrimmon Associate Coach, according to Executive Vice President, General Manager and Head Coach Don Waddell. He has served as an assistant coach since the start of the 2003-04 season and is currently in his fourth season with the Thrashers.

“Brad is an important part of our coaching staff and this well-deserved promotion reflects the expanded role I have asked him to take on,” said Waddell. “He has a great deal of NHL experience, is very well respected and has earned this opportunity. Along with Steve (Weeks) and Tony (Borgford), I look forward to working together as a staff and continuing the significant strides we have taken.”

McCrimmon, 48, has over 25 years of NHL experience as a player and assistant coach. Prior to coming to Atlanta, McCrimmon served two-and-a-half seasons (2000-2002) as an assistant coach with Calgary and one season (1997-98) as an assistant coach with the New York Islanders.

From 1998-99 to 1999-2000, McCrimmon spent two seasons as head coach of the Western Hockey League's Saskatoon Blades. He led the club to a 40-point improvement with a 34-30-8 record and 79 points in 1999-2000.

McCrimmon played in 1,222 games over 18 NHL seasons from 1979 to 1997 with Boston, Philadelphia, Calgary, Detroit, Hartford and Phoenix, notching 403 points (81 goals, 322 assists) and 1,416 penalty minutes. He finished his NHL playing career ranking ninth all-time with a plus-444 rating, including a career-best plus-83 mark in 1985-86 for the Flyers and a league-best plus-48 for the Flames in 1987-88. He finished with a plus rating in 16 of his 18 NHL seasons.

The native of Plenty, Saskatchewan, helped Calgary capture the 1989 Stanley Cup, and finished his NHL career with 29 points (11 goals, 18 assists) and 76 penalty minutes in 116 Stanley Cup playoff games. McCrimmon played in the 1988 NHL All-Star Game, and was a 1988 NHL Second Team All Star. He served as Calgary's team captain during the 1989-90 season, and was selected by Boston in the first round, 15th overall, in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft.
Nice to see the Thrashers keeping things within the franchise. Congrats.