Geoff Ward Moves on
About two weeks ago, Boston Bruins assistant coach Craig Ramsey took a AC job with the young, promising Edmonton Oilers. Now, the B’s have another coaching departure, seven-year Bruin Geoff Ward.
The 52-year-old assistant coach resigned from his position, according to an announcement from Peter Chiarelli on Thursday, to accept a coaching spot in Germany with the Mannaheim Eagles, who were slotted at second place in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga table last season.
Ward had spells coaching in the OH (Kitchener and Guelph) and AHL (Hamilton Bulldogs), as well as a couple years overseas. He totaled 12 years of experience before he arrived onto the Claude Julien’s staff in 2007.
Spearheading the strategy of the power play was one of Ward’s most notable assignments on the Bruins’ bench, and over the years, he wasn’t very consistent in leading an excellent man advantage.
That said, this past year, the Bruins were the third-best PP squad in the NHL, thanks to Dougie Hamilton and Torey Krug, among other players, embracing offensive roles.
Ward headed extra-attacker instances, and all Bruins fans remember the magic he guided against the Toronto Maple Leafs, down 4-1 in Game 7 of the 2013 Eastern Conference semifinals.