Geoff Ward

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From the classroom to Calgary Flames Head Coach, here's what you need to know about the Flames' interim bench boss.

A native of Waterloo, Ont., Ward actually started his coaching career at the University of Waterloo as an assistant coach under Don Mckee from 1989 to 1992.

He has head coaching experience in the OHL (Ontario Hockey League), ECHL (East Coast Hockey league), AHL (American Hockey league) and DEL (Deutsche Eishockey Liga).

Ward began his coaching experience with Waterloo before becoming an assistant coach with the Niagara Falls Thunder of the Ontario Hockey League for the 1992-93 season. After six seasons in the OHL — five as a head coach, including four with the Kitchener Rangers — Ward hit the ECHL in the 1999-00 season with the Arkansas RiverBlades.

In 2001 he made his AHL head-coaching debut with the Hamilton Bulldogs, Montreal and Edmonton's AHL affiliate. He won the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award for the AHL's coach of the year after the 2002-03 season with Hamilton.

Breaking onto the NHL scene as an assistant coach for the Boston Bruins in 2007-08, Ward spent his first seven NHL seasons with the B's where he won the Stanley Cup in 2011. He would then travel down to New Jersey and serve on the Devils' bench for three seasons before leaving for his most recent role as associate coach of the Flames ahead of the 2018-19 season. His promotion comes just over one season into his Calgary tenure, giving him his first gig as an NHL head coach.

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