Dave Lewis (ice hockey)

Dave Lewis
Lewis in 2017
Born (1953-07-03) July 3, 1953
Kindersley, Saskatchewan, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for New York Islanders
Los Angeles Kings
New Jersey Devils
Detroit Red Wings
NHL Draft 33rd overall, 1973
New York Islanders
WHA Draft 32nd overall, 1973
Alberta Oilers
Playing career 19731987

David Rodney Lewis (born July 3, 1953) is a Canadian former National Hockey League (NHL) defenceman and coach. He was most recently an assistant coach of the Carolina Hurricanes of the NHL. He has both Canadian and American citizenship.

Playing career

Lewis began his playing career with the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Canada Hockey League. He was drafted by the New York Islanders in the 1973 NHL Entry Draft, third round, thirty-third overall. He played sixteen seasons with the New York Islanders, Los Angeles Kings, New Jersey Devils, and Detroit Red Wings, scoring 36 goals and 224 points in 1,008 games.

Coaching career

After Lewis' playing career ended with the Red Wings in the 1987–88 season, he stayed with the team as an assistant coach. He helped Detroit win three Stanley Cups in 1997, 1998, and 2002. When Scotty Bowman retired in 2002, Lewis was named head coach of the Red Wings. In two seasons, he guided the Red Wings to two 48-win campaigns, including a Presidents' Trophy. In the playoffs, however, he had a record of 6–10. After the lockout ended, his contract was allowed to expire on June 30, 2005. He was re-hired by the Red Wings on August 9, 2005, as a scout.

On June 29, 2006, Lewis was named the 27th head coach of the Boston Bruins. His one and only season with the Bruins was not successful, as they finished with a 35–41–6 record, missing the playoffs for the second year in a row, and finishing in last place in the Northeast Division. In June 2007, Lewis was fired as coach of the Bruins by general manager Peter Chiarelli because of the team's highly inconsistent play throughout the season.[1]

Lewis subsequently signed on as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Kings for the 2007–2008 season. On August 4, 2008, it was announced he would not return for the 2008–2009 season.

On November 5, 2010, Lewis, whose maternal grandparents were from Ukraine, was hired as the coach of the Ukrainian national team,[2] though his association with that team was short-lived.[3]

On June 7, 2011, Lewis was hired as the assistant coach of the Carolina Hurricanes.[4] Lewis was fired along with head coach Kirk Muller and assistant coach John MacLean on May 5, 2014.

In December 2014, Lewis was hired as the head coach of the Belarusian national team.[5] The contract was for one year with the possibility of extension up to the 2018 Olympics. Lewis has been the head coach for Belarus at the 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 World Championships. However, the team fell just short of qualifying for the 2018 Olympics.[6] Lewis was fired just three games into the 2018 World Championships after Belarus lost all three games.[7]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GPGAPtsPIM GPGAPtsPIM
1971–72 Saskatoon Blades WCHL 52291169 82354
1972–73 Saskatoon Blades WCHL 6710354589 163121544
1973–74 New York Islanders NHL 662151758
1974–75 New York Islanders NHL 785141998 1701128
1975–76 New York Islanders NHL 730191954 1301144
1976–77 New York Islanders NHL 794242944 121674
1977–78 New York Islanders NHL 773111458 701111
1978–79 New York Islanders NHL 795182343 100004
1979–80 New York Islanders NHL 625162154
1979–80 Los Angeles Kings NHL 1111212 40112
1980–81 Los Angeles Kings NHL 671131498 40224
1981–82 Los Angeles Kings NHL 641131475 1004436
1982–83 Los Angeles Kings NHL 792101253
1983–84 New Jersey Devils NHL 6625763
1984–85 New Jersey Devils NHL 74391278
1985–86 New Jersey Devils NHL 690151581
1986–87 Detroit Red Wings NHL 5825766 1404410
1987–88 Detroit Red Wings NHL 600018
WCHL totals 119124456158 245152048
NHL totals 100836188224953 9112021143

Coaching record

TeamYearRegular seasonPostseason
GWLTOTLPtsFinishWLWin %Result
DET2002–03 8248201041101st in Central04.000Lost to Anaheim in Western Conference Quarterfinals
DET2003–04 8248211121091st in Central66.500Lost to Calgary in Western Conference Semifinals
DET Total1649641216219610.375
BOS2006–07 8235416765th in Northeast
BOS Total823541676
Total2461318221122952 Division Titles610.3750 Stanley Cups

See also


  1. TSN : NHL – Canada's Sports Leader
  2. Merk, Martin (November 5, 2010). "Lewis to coach Ukraine". IIHF.com. Archived from the original on October 18, 2012. Retrieved 2010-11-05.
  3. http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=565091 'Canes add Brind'Amour, Lewis to coaching staff
  4. Williams, Terrell (2011-07-06). "Hurricanes Announce Coaching Changes". hurricanes.nhl.com. Retrieved 2011-07-06.
  5. "Ex-Wings coach Lewis to lead Belarus team". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2018-05-04.
  6. "Final groups set for men's hockey at 2018 Olympics | CBC Sports". CBC. Retrieved 2018-05-04.
  7. "Belarus changes coach". IIHF. Retrieved 2018-05-08.
Preceded by
Mike Murphy
Los Angeles Kings captain
Succeeded by
Terry Ruskowski
Preceded by
Scotty Bowman
Head coach of the Detroit Red Wings
Succeeded by
Mike Babcock
Preceded by
Mike Sullivan
Head coach of the Boston Bruins
Succeeded by
Claude Julien
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