New York Islanders Head Coach
New York Islanders Head Coach Lane Lambert was named the franchise's eighteenth head coach on May 16, 2022. He succeded the team's former bench boss Barry Trotz.
The 58-year-old from Canada has played in the NHL before getting his start as a coach. He was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in 1983 as the 25th overall pick in the 1983 NHL draft.
The former forward played 283 games in the NHL to record 124 points(58 G & 66 A) in the regular season. In addition to the Wings, he played for the New York Rangers and the Quebec Nordiques(now known as the Colorado Avalanche) in the NHL.
Lambert has played in the AHL, Eishockey-Bundesliga, the Swiss League, and the IHL other than the NHL in a professional career from 1983 to 2001. He began his coaching Career in 2002 with the Mose Jaw Warriors of the WHL as their assistant Coach.
After two seasons with the Warriors, he left to take the helm for the Prince George Cougars, where he recorded 26-25-7-0 in two seasons with them. He moved over to the AHL in 2005/06 as the assistant coach of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers after 4 seasons in the WHL.
In 2007, Milwaukee Admirals hired Lambert as the head coach after spending a season with them as their assistant coach. He would remain with the team until his promotion to become the assistant coach for the Nashville Predators, the NHL affiliates of the Admirals on June 9, 2011.
The Predators bench was where Lambert met with former Islanders head coach Barry Trotz. He would now serve under Trotz for the Capitals, where he was before joining the Islanders in 2018. and was part of the bench for their 2018 Stanley Cup Run.
He spent 4 seasons as the associate coach for the Islanders working with Trotz before succeding him in 2022. Trotz was fired on May 9, 2022.
Former Islanders Head Coaches
The head coaches' history of the Islanders includes eighteen former coaches who led the team since its inception in 1972.
Phil Goyette, the first head coach of the New York Islanders, was replaced midway through the season, and his only experience as a coach remains the 48 games he coached for the team.
Earl Ingarfield, the second coach, completed the season for the Islanders but did not return in his role. Al Arbour, who coached the Islanders from 1973 to 1986, is the most successful coach in franchise history, leading them to win the Stanley Cup for four consecutive years from 1980 to 1981.
The 1979 Jack Adams Award Winner returned to the Isles for a second stint with the team after retirement from coaching. He has coached 1,499 games for the Isles with a career record of 738W-37L-223T, making him the winningest coach in New York Islanders History.
The only other coach to win a Jack Adams with the Franchise is Barry Trotz, who won in 2019.
Here is the list of the head coaches the New York Islanders have had since 1972:
|Coach Name||Years of Tenure|
|Al Arbour||1973–1986 & 1988–1994|
|Lorne Henning||1994–1995 & 2001|
|Mike Milbury||1995–1997 & 1998–1999|
|Ted Nolan||2006–2007 & 2007-2008|