Sign in with your NHL account:
  • Submit
  • Or
  • Sign in with Google
 

SMALL TALK WITH THE NEW STAFF

Wednesday, 09.20.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
New York Islanders
X
Share with your Friends


SMALL TALK WITH THE NEW STAFF
Assistant coach Dan Lacroix

By Jason Lockhart

(Yarmouth, Nova Scotia)  A respected journeyman as a National Hockey League player, Dan Lacroix returns to the NHL with the Islanders as an assistant to Ted Nolan.  It was in Moncton last season that Lacroix and Nolan coached together for the first time.

"It's been great working with Ted," said Lacroix. "It didn't take much time to learn to work with Ted. He was straight-forward in telling me what he wanted from me. And Danny (Flynn) has a great background in coaching. I learned so much from working with these guys. I think we complemented each other well and it was really fun to work with them in Moncton."

After hearing he was named new head coach of the Islanders, Nolan decided to tap into what was a successful combination with Lacroix and Flynn. Their Moncton Wildcats won the Quebec Major Junior League Championship in 2005-06 and reached the finals of the Memorial Cup the same year falling to the Quebec Remparts who they had just defeated in the Quebec Championship game.

Lacroix, Nolan and Flynn were in a special scenario from the start of the season because their Moncton squad was scheduled to host the 2005-06 Memorial Cup, thus earning an automatic bid into the four-team Memorial Cup Tournament, but that gave the coaching staff an even bigger challenge.

"We were in a special situation because we knew we'd be hosting the Memorial Cup last year, so we tried to build a winner knowing that we would be in the four team tournament from the start. A lot of work goes into preparing for a championship team. It doesn't happen over night.

"With Teddy's visibility and Danny's contacts they brought a lot of guys in on tryouts," said Lacroix. "The homework was done over the summer with recruiting, and talking to agents and players. An existing core group with guys like (Islanders Training Camp invitee) Chris Gaudet were there and they complemented each other well. We grew as a team into a family. There were a lot of things done off the ice to bring our team together knowing that we were going to be a Memorial Cup team. We didn't just want to be the host team, we wanted to be there as champions and we did that by winning the Quebec League Championship, but came up short in the Memorial Cup final."

As one of two assistant coaches, Lacroix will be the "eyes" of the coaching staff, scouting opposing teams' line combinations and systems to report back to Nolan.

"I look for the details in the game and communicate that to the players. I look for the little things that win games, and teach that to the players."

Lacroix indicated that he hasn't been to the United States in a number of years, but looks forward to returning to New York after being drafted by the Rangers in the second round of the 1987 NHL Entry Draft.

The combination of Nolan's competitive philosophy, Flynn's knowledge of the game and Lacroix's penchant for detail is the basis for a winning combination on Long Island this year.

"Our job is to bring the team to its potential and approach it the same way as last year," said Lacroix. "The coaching staff is excited to have this opportunity."

More from Yarmouth

 

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 51 32 15 4 166 133 68
2 MTL 48 32 13 3 128 108 67
3 DET 50 29 12 9 149 129 67
4 NYI 49 32 16 1 158 139 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 BOS 50 27 16 7 134 124 61
7 NYR 47 28 15 4 139 112 60
8 WSH 49 25 14 10 144 125 60
9 FLA 47 21 16 10 115 132 52
10 PHI 51 22 22 7 140 151 51
11 OTT 48 20 19 9 136 136 49
12 TOR 51 22 25 4 144 156 48
13 NJD 50 19 22 9 113 138 47
14 CBJ 48 21 24 3 120 151 45
15 CAR 49 17 26 6 105 129 40
16 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 49 23 25 -1 48
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 49 9 25 15 34
B. Nelson 49 15 16 5 31
F. Nielsen 49 9 18 4 27
J. Boychuk 39 4 21 15 25
J. Bailey 37 8 14 7 22
N. Leddy 49 7 14 13 21
N. Kulemin 49 11 9 0 20
A. Lee 43 13 5 6 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 26 10 0 .912 2.42
C. Johnson 6 6 0 .865 3.43

NewYorkIslanders.com is the official Web site of the New York Islanders Hockey Club, L.P. and NewYorkIslanders.com are trademarks of New York Islanders Hockey Club, L.P.  NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2015 New York Islanders Hockey Club, L.P. and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

Privacy Policy |  AdChoices |  Terms of Use |  Contact  Us |  Employment |  Webmaster |  NHL.com Terms of Use