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Phil Housley Named Assistant Coach For Nashville

Nashville, Tenn. (May 21, 2013) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that Phil Housley has been named assistant coach of the team. Housley coached the United States to a gold medal at the 2013 World Junior Championships and ranks fourth all-time among NHL defensemen in points (338g-894a-1,232pts).

“Phil brings a unique skill set to our coaching staff,” Poile said. “He was one of the most talented offensive defensemen to play in the NHL, and he has worked extensively with young players during his coaching career. He will continue to focus his efforts on our young defensemen and assisting on the power play.”

Housley, 49 (3/9/64), has spent the last nine seasons in the coaching ranks, most recently serving as an assistant for Team USA at the 2013 World Championships that took home the bronze medal, the nation’s first medal at the tournament in nine years. He was also behind the bench for the U.S. National Team at the 2011 World Championships. In addition to leading the United States’ to its second world junior title in four years in January, Housley was an assistant coach at the tournament in both 2007 and 2011, helping each team claim the bronze medal. He was also one of two head coaches for the inaugural CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game in September 2012.

“A coach with history as a defenseman who was offensively gifted and excelled on the power play is something we have never had on our coaching staff,” Predators Head Coach Barry Trotz said. “His insight and viewpoint will bring a fresh perspective to our team.”
 

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Paul's avatar

Yesterday, the Preds fired long-time assoc. coach Peter Horachek.

More on that at the Tennessean.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/21/13 at 04:53 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Don’t normally give a damn, but that’s actually a good hiring by the Preds.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 05/21/13 at 05:16 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Don’t normally give a damn, but that’s actually a good hiring by the Preds.
Posted by SYF from the Flood on 05/21/13 at 05:16 PM ET

Maybe he can teach Shea Weber to be a pylon like he was.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 05/21/13 at 06:33 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Maybe he can teach Shea Weber to be a pylon like he was.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 05/21/13 at 06:33 PM ET

I’m so glad someone got that without my having to resort to Tyler’s sarcasm font.

Slainte, CaptD.,

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 05/21/13 at 06:39 PM ET

shanetx's avatar

I was impressed by Roman Josi’s skating in the gold medal game (they showed the replay last night, wtf SPOILER ALERT WOULD BE NICE GEORGE) and am glad to hear he will be trained by the great Phil Housely.  For some strange reason, behind only Colorado and St. Louis, Nashville is the western conference team I wish the most bad luck upon as Detroit leaves.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 05/21/13 at 08:30 PM ET

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