ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Former Norris Trophy-winning defenseman
Randy Carlyle was hired Monday as the new coach of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, completing the makeover of a team that also has
changed owners and general manager this year.
Carlyle, 49, replaces Mike Babcock, who left the Ducks to become
the Detroit Red Wings' coach.
Anaheim GM Brian Burke considers Carlyle a perfect fit for his
own hockey philosophy.
"I wanted to find a coach that matches my intensity level. I
hate to lose," Burke said at a news conference. "I know Randy
hates to lose as much as I do."
Burke also was looking for a coach who favors an aggressive
"The Ducks will play a high tempo, aggressive forecheck,
puck-moving style," Carlyle said. "That's what we're about."
He spent last season as coach of the Manitoba Moose of the AHL
after serving as an assistant with the Washington Capitals. He was
also on the staff of the former Winnipeg Jets.
Carlyle earlier coached Manitoba from midseason of 1996 through
He had a 222-159-52-7 record in five seasons as coach of
Manitoba, while the team was in the IHL and later the AHL. The
Moose went 44-26-3-7 last season and reached the semifinals of the
Calder Cup playoffs.
He also served at times as the team's president and GM.
Burke, the GM at Vancouver when Carlyle coached the Canucks'
affiliate at Manitoba, was hired by new Ducks owners Henry and
Susan Samueli last month. The Samuelis bought the team from the
Walt Disney Co. in February, with the NHL approving the sale in
Carlyle, a burly 5-foot-10, 200-pounder during his playing days,
spent 17 seasons in the NHL, winding up his playing career in 1993.
He won the Norris Trophy as the league's top defenseman with the
Pittsburgh Penguins in 1981.
He played 1,055 games with Toronto, Pittsburgh and Winnipeg,
finishing with 148 goals and 647 points.
Carlyle smiled and said he thought his playing career would go
on forever. In a way, it hasn't really ended.
"Ice level for a coach is the closest thing to being a
player," he said. "There's always that feeling that you're
involving yourself with the team and you always have the ability to
put those skates on and go out there and play.
"That's one of the things I've enjoyed most about coaching, you
get to continue to play."
He will have to make some adjustments to living in Southern
"I guess I won't have to wear my down-filled coat and ski
mitts, or shovel the driveway," Carlyle said.
Burke praised two other candidates that he interviewed for the
coaching job: John Stevens, who led the Philadelphia Phantoms to
the AHL title this year; and Mike Johnston, an assistant with the
Canucks. The Ducks' GM predicted both will someday be successful
NHL head coaches.
Babcock led the Ducks to the Stanley Cup finals two years ago
during his first season in Anaheim. They didn't make the playoffs
in 2003-04, and last season was canceled because of the NHL
Carlyle becomes the seventh coach for the Ducks, who came into
the league as an expansion team in 1993.
Former Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Randy Carlyle is the new Anaheim Mighty Ducks coach, a source within the NHL said Monday, completing the makeover of a team that also has changed owners and general manager this year.