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Randy Carlyle was hired for his second stint as head coach of the Ducks on June 14, 2016.

Carlyle, 60 (4/19/56), returns to Anaheim as the team’s all-time winningest head coach, earning a 273-182-61 record from 2005-11. He also won a club-record 36 playoff games during his Anaheim tenure, made two trips to the Conference Finals (2006 & 2007) and become the first coach to lead a California team to the Stanley Cup (2007).

He was originally named the seventh head coach in team history on Aug. 1, 2005 and led the Ducks to their first Stanley Cup championship, Pacific Division championship (2007) and five playoff appearances in six seasons (2005-09, 2011). Under Carlyle, the Ducks won 36 playoff games (36-26) and were 11-6 in playoff elimination games. Only one NHL coach had earned more postseason wins than Carlyle’s 36 from 2006-11 (Mike Babcock).

A native of Sudbury, Ontario, Carlyle has the most wins (273) and most games coached (516) in Ducks history. He led Anaheim to a franchise-record four straight playoff appearances from 2006-09 and 90-or-more standings points in five of his six full seasons with the organization. All-time, Carlyle owns a 364-260-80 career record for 808 standings points with Anaheim (2005-11) and Toronto (2011-15). He has led to his teams to a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in six seasons along with an appearance in the Stanley Cup Final, two appearances in the Western Conference Final and three appearances in the Conference Semifinals.

In 2010-11, Carlyle guided Anaheim to a 47-30-5 record for 99 points, second place in the Pacific Division and fourth in the Western Conference. The Ducks qualified for the postseason for the fifth time in the last six seasons under the direction of Carlyle, who was signed to a three-year contract extension on Aug. 8, 2011. Anaheim’s 47 wins in 2010-11 were tied for second-most in franchise history as the club went 15-5-0 over the last 20 games of the regular season to clinch fourth in the conference.

Carlyle led the Ducks to a franchise-record fourth consecutive playoff appearance in 2008-09 with a 42-33-7 record for 92 points, ranking second in the Pacific Division and eighth in the Western Conference. With a 4-2 series win over San Jose in the Western Conference Quarterfinals, the Ducks became the fifth team to upset the NHL’s best regular season team (by standings points) in the first round since the Expansion Era began (1967-68). The Ducks were also just the 11th team in NHL history to defeat a team who earned 110-or-more standings points during the regular season in the first round. With the series victory, Anaheim advanced to the second round to face Detroit for the fifth time in franchise history. The Ducks stretched the Western Conference Semifinals to seven games before falling short in Game 7 at Detroit.

In 2007-08, Carlyle guided Anaheim to a second-place finish in the Pacific Division and fourth-place finish in the Western Conference. A year earlier in only his second season as an NHL head coach, Carlyle led the Ducks to their first ever Stanley Cup championship. The Ducks defeated Minnesota (five games), Vancouver (five games), Detroit (six games) and Ottawa (five games) to become the first California team to win hockey’s ultimate prize. Carlyle also led the Ducks to their first Pacific Division championship in 2006-07, compiling a regular-season record of 48-20-14 for 110 points. The club set franchise records in most major statistical categories, including wins, standings points and goals (254), eclipsing marks the team set the previous season.

In his first year as a head coach in the NHL (2005-06), Carlyle led the Ducks to playoff series wins vs. Calgary (seven games) and Colorado (four games), before the club fell in the Conference Finals to Edmonton (five games). Anaheim’s playoff run followed a then-best regular season performance in team history when the club set then team records in wins (43), points (98) and goals scored (251).

Carlyle spent the 2004-05 season as Head Coach of the Manitoba Moose, Vancouver’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League. He led Manitoba to a 44-26-3-7 record (.613 winning percentage) and an appearance in the 2005 Calder Cup Semifinals.

In all, Carlyle spent six seasons (1996-01 & 2004-05) as Head Coach in Manitoba (both in the International and American Hockey Leagues), earning a career mark of 222-159-52-7 with the franchise. He had the additional duties of General Manager of the Moose from 1996-00, adding the title of club President for the 2001-02 season. The Sudbury, Ontario native helped the Moose to a 47-21-14 record for 108 points in 1998-99, for which he was named the IHL’s General Manager of the Year.

Following the 2001-02 season, Carlyle joined the coaching staff of the Washington Capitals. He served as an Assistant Coach with Washington for two years (2002-04), helping the organization return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in his first season before rejoining Manitoba in 2004-05.

Carlyle played 17 seasons in the NHL with Toronto, Pittsburgh and Winnipeg. He appeared in 1,055 games and earned 148-499=647 points. Known as a fiery, tough-nosed defenseman, he was selected to play in four NHL All-Star Games and won the Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenseman in 1981. He set a career high with 82 points in 1980-81, appearing in 76 games with Pittsburgh that season. In all, Carlyle had five seasons in which he topped the 50-point plateau. He appeared in 69 NHL postseason games as a player, earning 9-24=33 points.

At the conclusion of his playing career in 1993, Carlyle remained with the Winnipeg organization’s hockey operations staff, eventually becoming an Assistant Coach for the 1995-96 season.

Randy and his wife, Corey, have three children: sons Craig and Derek, and daughter, Alexis. The family resides in Anaheim Hills.

Randy Carlyle Coaching Record
Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T OT PTS W L
1996-97 Manitoba IHL 32 16 14 NA 2 34 - -
1997-98 Manitoba IHL 82 39 36 NA 7 85 0 3
1998-99 Manitoba IHL 82 47 21 NA 14 108 2 3
1999-00 Manitoba IHL 82 37 31 NA 14 88 0 2
2000-01 Manitoba IHL 82 39 31 NA 12 90 6 7
2004-05 Manitoba AHL 80 44 26 7 10 98 8 6
2005-06 ANAHEIM NHL 82 43 27 - 12 98 9 7
2006-07 ANAHEIM NHL 82 48 20 - 14 110 16 5
2007-08 ANAHEIM NHL 82 47 27 - 8 102 2 4
2008-09 ANAHEIM NHL 82 42 33 - 7 91 7 6
2009-10 ANAHEIM NHL 82 39 32 - 11 89 - -
2010-11 ANAHEIM NHL 82 47 30 - 5 99 2 4
2011-12 ANAHEIM NHL 24 7 13 - 4 18 - -
TORONTO NHL 18 6 9 - 3 15 - -
2012-13 TORONTO NHL 48 26 17 - 5 57 3 4
2013-14 TORONTO NHL 82 38 36 - 8 84 - -
2014-15 TORONTO NHL 40 21 16 - 3 45 - -