Thursday, May 18, 2017

Isles Hire Luke Richardson as Assistant Coach

The New York Islanders have added former NHL defenseman Luke Richardson as Assistant Coach. Richardson, who played 1,417 NHL games for six different NHL teams, retired in 2009. He worked as an assistant in Ottawa before becoming the head coach at AHL Binghamton in 2012.

Richardson coached at Binghamton until the end of last season but left his post in pursuit of NHL coaching jobs. He coached Canada to a victory at the Spengler Cup in 2016.

“I applied for a few jobs, didn’t get them and had to reset a little bit,” said Richardson. “And when I talked to Doug about this job, he was so excited coming off the success he had when he took over. It didn’t take a lot of convincing.” Spengler and Islanders head coach Doug Weight were teammates at Edmonton.

According to Arthur Staple of Newsday, the Islanders are expected to hire more coaching help this summer. Kelly Buchberger, another former teammate of Weight, and Scott Gomez, are the names at the top of the list.

In other news, the Islanders confirmed that Bob Corkum would not be back as assistant coach.