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AEROS NEW COACH IS ROB DAUM, THREE-TIME CANADIAN NATIONAL CHAMPION
Daum replaces McLellan, becomes Houstons sixth coachHOUSTON, Texas
The National Hockey Leagues Minnesota Wild has announced that Rob Daum will coach the teams American Hockey League developmental team, the Houston Aeros. Daum replaced Todd McLellan, who left the Aeros after four seasons to become assistant coach for the NHLs Detroit Red Wings. Daum will work with long-time Aeros assistant general manager/assistant coach Matt Shaw.
Daum, 47, (1/19/58) just completed his 10th season behind the bench at the University of Alberta, where the Churchbridge, Sask, native has led the Golden Bears to an impressive 345-79-32 overall record (.792 percentage) and a 218-37-25 conference mark (.823). Since 2000-01, Albertas conference record is a whopping 120-9-11 (.896 percentage).
Alberta qualified for the playoffs in each of Daums 10 straight seasons, and it qualified for the CIS National Championship every year since 1996-97. Daum coached the Golden Bears to three national titles, including back-to-back wins in 1999-2000, and a championship in 2005. The Bears won six Canada West titles under Daum.
We were very lucky to entice Rob to leave the University of Alberta, Aeros general manager/Wild assistant general manager Tom Lynn said. He has been a John Wooden of Canadian College Hockey. His combined experience in developing young players and producing winning teams stood out clearly in our search for the best person to coach the Aeros."
The opportunity to coach at the pro level is always enticing, Daum said. Its something Ive looked forward to the last number of years. It was a matter of getting the right opportunity. The Minnesota organization is one that has always intrigued me. I was really interested and I was fortunate to get the position.
Another area of the job that really intrigued me was to develop players for the Wild organization, Daum added. In the new NHL, player development is even more important. When you look at the Wilds history, they are a big proponent of building through the draft and developing their own players. They put a lot of responsibility on developing from within.
Daum was named CIS Coach of the Year in 2000-01 and 2003-04, and Canada West Coach of the Year five times. He has coached 58 Canada West All-Stars, including 25 First-Team All-Stars, and hes coached five Canada West MVPs in 10 seasons. The most recent one was former Aero Ryan Wade.
Daum played two-plus seasons for the Golden Bears from 1979-1982, including the 1979-80 CIS University Cup championship team. Prior to joining the Golden Bears, Daum played one season of college hockey with the Camrose Lutheran College Vikings (now Augustana University College). He was the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year.
Daum was also head coach at WHL Lethbridge from 1993-95, and he coached Kirby Law, the Aeros captain in 2004-05, in his second season. Daum was also an assistant with WHL Swift Current prior to McLellans arrival with the Broncos, and he was both a head coach and an assistant coach with the WHLs Prince Albert Raiders.
Hes obviously a very good coach and hes the right man for the job, Law said. He demands a lot from his players, and he has a team thats well organized and plays every game hard. The guys are really going to enjoy him.
Daum guided Team Canada, including several of his own Golden Bears players, to a Bronze Medal at the January 2003 World University Games in Tarvisio, Italy.
He and his wife, Carol, have a 15-year-old son Evan and twin daughters Carly and Lauren, 13.
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