A week after firing Barry Trotz, general manager Lou Lamoriello promoted Lane Lambert to head coach of the New York Islanders on Monday.
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It will be a return to the helm of the club for Lambert, who briefly held the role when Trotz had to go through COVID-19 protocol in January. These few games seem to have charmed Lamoriello.
"I have had the opportunity to work with Lane over the past four years, which includes spending time with him one-on-one when he was interim head coach last season," the GM said in a statement. . In my opinion, he is the right person to lead this team.”
This will be Lambert's first full-time position at the helm of a National Hockey League (NHL) team, but he has a good background. He has been an associate coach with the Islanders for four years and was an assistant with the Nashville Predators from 2011-2014 and then with the Washington Capitals from 2014-2018, so he has worked alongside Trotz for the past 12 years.
Lambert previously coached the Prince George Cougars of the Western Junior Hockey League and then the Admirals der Milwaukee of the American Hockey League.
A native of Saskatchewan, the 57-year-old also played 283 NHL games between 1983 and 1989, including 89 with the Quebec Nordiques.