Friday, July 19, 2002

Ducks to name Shaw new coach

By Gary Estwick
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The Cincinnati Mighty Ducks of the American Hockey League will name former NHL defenseman Brad Shaw as their head coach today.

        Shaw, 38, played professional hockey for 15 seasons, including 11 years in the NHL. He has coached for seven years, including the last three years in the Tampa Bay Lightning organization.

        “He's been a leader on the bench and in the locker room,” said Pete Robinson, CEO of the Mighty Ducks. “That's big-time.”

        Shaw's only experience as a head coach came in the 2000-01 season with the Detroit Vipers of the now-defunct International Hockey League.

        “It was a big priority to try to get back as the head guy at the highest level possible,” Shaw said. “Cincinnati is a great opportunity to get back to the coaching ranks, and at the second-highest level.”

        Shaw, who will become the Ducks' third head coach, replaces Mike Babcock, who was promoted to head coach of the NHL's Anaheim Mighty Ducks in May.

        “We're there to win games as coach but also to develop players,” Shaw said. “Our goal is to get as many of these guys to the NHL as possible.”

        Shaw was selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the fifth round of the 1982 NHL Entry Draft. In 377 NHL games with Hartford, Ottawa, Washington and St.Louis, he totaled 22 goals and 137 assists.


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