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Devils Announce Coaching Staff Additions

Geoff Ward and Alain Nasreddine to serve as assistants.

The New Jersey Devils announced today that they have named Geoff Ward and Alain Nasreddine to serve as assistant coaches to new Head Coach John Hynes.

General Manager, Ray Shero, made the announcement saying, “I welcome Geoff Ward and Alain Nasreddine to the Devils’ organization, and look forward to working with both of them. John Hynes and I both feel that these are the ideal individuals to help develop and work with our players on all levels.”

Ward, 53, spent the 2014-2015 season in the German Ice Hockey League, serving as the head coach for the Adler Manheim Eagles leading them to the championship and winning the Coach of the Year Award.  His coaching career spans 22 seasons, include seven from 2007 to 2014 as an assistant with the Boston Bruins. In that span the Bruins won the Stanley Cup in 2011 and reached the Finals in 2013.

Ward also spent five seasons with the Edmonton Oilers organization, serving as Head Coach for the Hamilton Bulldogs, their top American Hockey League affiliate in two of those seasons. In 2003, he led the Bulldogs to the Calder Cup Finals while being named the co-recipient of the A.R. Pieri Memorial Award for Coach of the Year in the AHL.

He began his coaching career in 1992-1993 as an assistant coach with the Niagara Falls Thunder of the Ontario Hockey League, followed by three seasons as the Head Coach for the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL. He also served as Head Coach for the Guelph Storm in the OHL in 1998-1999 season and for the ECHL’s Arkansas Riverblades in 1999-2000. Prior to this past season in Germany, he also spent time coaching there from 2000 to 2006.

Nasreddine, 39, joins the Devils staff after serving the past five seasons under Hynes in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. During that span his defensive corps allowed the fewest goals in four times. In 2010-2011, he helped guide the Penguins to the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy, for AHL Regular Season Champions.  His 15 year career as a defenseman, from 1995 through 2010, included more than 1,000 regular season games between the National Hockey League, AHL, International Hockey League and the German Ice Hockey League.

Nasreddine, was selected by the Florida Panthers, with the 135th pick in the sixth round of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. He played in 74 NHL games with the Chicago Blackhawks, Montreal Canadiens, New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins.  He also helped lead the Baby Penguins 2004 and 2008 Calder Cup Finals, serving as captain from 2004 to 2006.

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