Former Ducks Assistant Coach Woods Named Saskatoon's GM and Head Coach

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Former Ducks Assistant Coach Woods Named Saskatoon\'s GM and Head Coach
Former Ducks assistant coach Bob Woods was named the Saskatoon Blades\u2019 6th general manager and 20th head coach in the franchise\u2019s history.
Former Ducks assistant coach Bob Woods was named the Saskatoon Blades’ 6th general manager and 20th head coach in the franchise’s history.

Woods, 46, recently completed his third season as assistant coach of the Ducks. Named to the post on Dec. 2, 2011, Woods helped lead the Ducks to franchise-setting 54-20-8 record and a 2013-14 Pacific Division title for the second consecutive season under head coach Bruce Boudreau. The Ducks finished with the top record in the Western Conference for the first time in franchise history and set season records for standings points (116), wins (54) and win/points percentage (.707).

Woods also served as an assistant coach under Boudreau with the Washington Capitals, joining the NHL club on June 22, 2009. Boudreau and Woods helped the Capitals earn the top seed in the Eastern Conference in both 2010 and 2011, including the Presidents’ Trophy as the top NHL club for the 2009-10 regular season with a 54-15-13 record (121 points).

Prior to 2009-10, Woods coached Washington’s AHL affiliate from 2007-09, taking over as head coach of the Hershey Bears when Boudreau was hired by the Capitals on Nov. 22, 2007. In 2008-09, Woods guided Hershey to a Calder Cup championship, defeating the Manitoba Moose in six games. In his two seasons as an AHL head coach (145 games), Woods compiled an 83-47-15 record in the regular season and a 17-10 postseason record. In addition, Woods assisted Boudreau in 2006 when Hershey captured the Calder Cup championship. He became the only player in Hershey’s 71-year history to win a Calder Cup as a player (1997), assistant coach (2006) and head coach (2009).

A native of Leroy, Saskatchewan, Woods retired from professional hockey in 2001 and became Head Coach of the Mississippi Sea Wolves of the ECHL. From 2001-05, he compiled a 169-94-25 regular-season record with the Sea Wolves, a span that included four trips to the playoffs and two conference final appearances. On Jan. 18, 2012, Woods was inducted into the ECHL’s Hall-of-Fame for both his achievements as a player and a coach. Selected by New Jersey in the 10th round (201st overall) of the 1988 NHL Entry Draft, Woods played 13 seasons of professional hockey, including 10 in the ECHL and was a player/assistant coach with Mississippi from 1998-2001. He was a member of the 1999 Kelly Cup championship team that was coached by Boudreau.

Bob and his wife, Mary Sue, have two sons, Brendan (21) and Colin (18). Brendan, who was selected by Carolina in the fifth round (129th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, signed a three-year entry level contract with the Hurricanes on Apr. 10, 2013. He played two seasons with the University of Wisconsin from 2011-13, scoring 10-12=22 points with 83 PIM in 75 games. Colin also plays hockey, and was a member of the AAA midget OC Blades in 2012-13.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - ANA 79 50 22 7 232 217 107
2 x - NSH 78 47 22 9 224 193 103
3 STL 76 46 23 7 229 190 99
4 CHI 76 46 24 6 217 176 98
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 77 45 27 5 224 208 95
7 CGY 77 42 28 7 229 204 91
8 WPG 77 39 26 12 217 204 90
9 LAK 76 37 25 14 201 192 88
10 SJS 77 38 30 9 217 216 85
11 DAL 77 37 30 10 239 248 84
12 COL 77 35 30 12 207 218 82
13 EDM 77 23 41 13 186 260 59
14 ARI 77 23 46 8 161 256 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 76 24 44 14 68
C. Perry 64 33 20 16 53
R. Kesler 78 20 27 -2 47
J. Silfverberg 78 12 26 14 38
S. Vatanen 64 12 25 6 37
P. Maroon 70 9 25 -4 34
C. Fowler 77 7 27 5 34
H. Lindholm 75 7 27 27 34
M. Beleskey 63 22 10 15 32
R. Rakell 68 8 22 8 30
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 34 11 5 .914 2.37
J. Gibson 13 7 0 .916 2.58

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