The San Diego Gulls named former Edmonton Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins to lead the coaching staff of the Anaheim Ducks’ minor league team.
Eakins was head coach of the NHL Oilers for 113 games from 2013 to 2014, and was a Toronto Maple Leafs assistant coach for two seasons from 2006 to 2008. He served with the Maple Leafs for eight years in various roles. Eakins is also a former NHL player, a 10th round draft pick for the Washington Capitals in 1985 as a defenseman who eventually played for the Winnipeg Jets, Florida Panthers, New York Rangers and others. Eakins played in the AHL as well, winning the Calder Cup and Turner Cup as a member of the Chicago Wolves.
As an American Hockey League coach, Eakins led the minor league Toronto Marlies to a 157-114-41 record from 2009 to 2013. The team won four of six playoff series and appeared in the Calder Cup Final.
The Ducks announced in January they were bringing professional hockey back to San Diego with the pickup of the AHL’s Norfolk (Va.) Admirals. The team will play at the Valley View Casino Center beginning in mid-October