The Chicago Wolves, in conjunction with the Vancouver Canucks, have named KARL TAYLOR assistant coach.
The North Bay, Ontario, native most recently served as head coach and director of hockey operations for the ECHL’s Ontario Reign, where he amassed a 96-99-9-13 record from 2008 to 2011. TAYLOR took the helm of the Reign in the franchise’s inaugural season and led the club to the Pacific Division championship that year.
“We are excited to have such a quality coach come our way,” said Wolves General Manager WENDELL YOUNG. “Having Karl join the team only adds to our excitement for the coming season.”
Prior to joining the Reign, TAYLOR spent three seasons behind the bench of the ECHL’s Reading Royals, where he compiled a 112-82-7-8-7 record in his professional head coaching debut.
Overall, the 40-year-old has compiled a 208-181-7-17-20 record and .531 winning percentage in 433 games as a head coach in the ECHL. TAYLOR has led his teams to three postseason appearances in six years.
Prior to coaching in the ECHL, TAYLOR spent two years as the assistant coach at the University of New Brunswick (1997-99), three years as the head coach at Red Deer College (2000-03) and two years as head coach of the University of Waterloo (2003-05).
In accordance with team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The Wolves have announced six dates for the 2011-12 season, including the 18th home opener at the Allstate Arena on Sat., Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. For information on ticket packages or group outings, visit chicagowolves.com or call 1-800-THE-WOLVES.