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Washington Capitals Assistant Coaches and Coaching Staff 2023

By Kapil Sapkota / 25 September 2023 08:27 AM

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Washington Capitals assistant coaches are Scott Allen, Mitch Love, and Kirk Muller. They assist Spencer Carbery in the operation of the team.

Skills coach Kenny McCudden and video coach Brett Leonhardt are also given the responsibility of the assistant mentors for the NHL franchise.

Allen was selected for the position on July 25, 2022. Previously, he worked as the head coach of the Hershey Bears of the AHL for the 2021-22 season. He joined the Bears as an assistant coach in 2019.

In July 2017, the Arizona Coyotes hired Allen as their assistant coach and left the franchise after the completion of the 2018-19 season. Prior to the Coyotes, he served the Florida Panthers in the same role.

The Capitals named Love as one of their assistant coach in June 2023. Previously, he worked as the head coach for the Calgary Flames AHL farm team, the Calgary Wranglers (2022-23).

Love led the Wranglers to first place in the Pacific division. He clinched the Louis A. R. Pieri Memorial Award in both seasons with the team as the league's best coach.

Muller was hired by the Washington Capitals in July 2023. Before his stint with the Caps, he served the Calgary Flames as their associate coach.

The former NHL player, Kirk Muller was on the coaching panel of the Montreal Canadiens in his second term with the franchise from 2016-21.

Previously, he was hired by the Canadiens in 2006 and worked till 2011. He then became head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes from 2011-14.

Head Coach for Washington Capitals 2023

Washington Capitals head coach Spencer Carbery was hired on May 30, 2023. Carbery previously worked for the Toronto Maple Leafs as an assistant coach for two seasons.

He was selected as the head coach of the AHL's Hershey Bears in June 2018. He led the Bears to the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy in 2021 as the league's regular-season champion. For his excellence, Spencer was awarded the Louis A. R. Pieri Memorial Award.

He became an assistant coach of the Providence Bruins for the 2017-18 season. Carbery spent the previous season as a head coach with the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).

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Spencer started his coaching career with the ECHL's South Carolina Stingrays in 2010 as an assistant coach. During the 2010-11 season, he helped the Stingrays lead the regular season of the league with a record of 37-29-3-3. The team advanced to the 2011 Kelly Cup playoffs.

When Carbery was named the head coach of the Stingrays in July 2011, he became the youngest head coach in the ECHL during that time.

In addition to his head coaching role, he was also selected as the director of hockey operations. The coach left the Stingrays later in 2016.

As a player, Carbery played in the ECHL with the Bakersfield Condors, Stockton Thunder, Fresno Falcons, and the Stingrays from 2007 through 2010. Sadly, he remained undrafted in the NHL.

The former player appeared in the CHL in the 2006-07 season with the Tulsa Oilers. Spencer started his professional playing with the Cowichan Valley Capitals of BCHL in 2000-01.

Washington Capitals Coaching Staff Latest

Washington Capitals coaches for the 2023-24 season are:

Coaching StaffPosition
Scott AllenAssistant Coach
Mitch LoveAssistant Coach
Kirk MullerAssistant Coach
Kenny McCuddenAssistant Coach & Skills Coach
Scott MurrayGoaltending Coach
Brett LeonhardtAssistant Coach & Video Coach
Emily Engel-NatzkeVideo Coach

The Capitals franchise named Kenny McCudden as the team's assistant & skills coach in July 2023. In advance of his advent with the Caps, McCudden worked for the Columbus Blue Jackets as an assistant coach for 8 seasons.

McCudden spent sixteen seasons with the AHL's Chicago Wolves as the skating and skills coach. He helped the Wolves advance to the 2005 Calder Cup finals and capture the title in 2008.

Scott Murray was assigned the role of goaltending coach for the team in 2017. Prior to his career with the Capitals, the Canadian coach worked for the AHL's Hershey Bears for four seasons.

Brett Leonhardt has been working for the Capitals since 2012. Initially hired as the video coach, he was promoted to assistant coach in 2018.

The only female coach of the franchise, Emily Engel-Natzke was assigned to perform the role of video coach ahead of the 2022-23 season. She spent two previous seasons with the Capitals' AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears.

Washington Capitals Coach History

The head coach history of the Capitals franchise is summarised in the table below:

Jim Anderson1974–1975
Red Sullivan1975-1975
Milt Schmidt1975–1975
Tom McVie1975–1978
Danny Belisle1978–1979
Gary Green1979–1981
Roger Crozier1981-1981
Bryan Murray1981–1990
Terry Murray1990–1994
Jim Schoenfeld1994–1997
Ron Wilson1997–2002
Bruce Cassidy2002–2003
Glen Hanlon2003–2007
Bruce Boudreau2007–2011
Dale Hunter2011–2012
Adam Oates2012–2014
Barry Trotz2014–2018
Todd Reirden2018–2020
Peter Laviolette2020–2023
Spencer Carbery2023–present

Jim Anderson became the first head coach in the history of the Capitals. Anderson coached a total of 54 games. Before the Capitals, Anderson was the head coach of the Springfield Indians of the AHL.

The Canadian coach Tom McVie led the Capitals franchise for three seasons from 1975-76 through 1977-78. After his coaching career with the Capitals, he joined the Winnipeg Jets.

For the term of 1981-1982, Gary Green was hired by the club as its head coach. Before joining Washington as a head coach, he coached the OHA Peterborough Petes and Hershey Bears of the AHL.

Bryan Murray served the club as its head coach from 1981 through 1990. In 7 full seasons with the franchise, he led the team to the playoffs each season. In 1984, Bryan was awarded the Jack Adams Award as Coach of the Year.

His brother Terry Murray replaced him as the head coach from 1990-94. After leaving the Capitals, Terry was hired by the Philadelphia Flyers.

Glen Hanlon was named the 13th head coach in the club's history. Hanlon was in the position from 2003-2007. As a player, he appeared in the NHL with four franchises from 1977-78 to 1990-91 season.

Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau became the successor of Hanlon. Boudreau was in the head coach role from 2007 through 2011.

Under Boudreau's coaching in the 2007-08 season, the Caps clinched its first Southeast Division title in seven years, as well as secured a spot in the playoffs for the first time in five years. Bruce was honored with the Jack Adams Award in 2008.

The current general manager of the Nashville Predators, Barry Trotz was in the coaching position of the Capitals franchise from 2014 to 2018.

The Caps won their first Stanley Cup in 2018 under the tutelage of Trotz triumphing over the Golden Knights. He joined the New York Islanders in June 2018.

Peter Laviolette is the most recent former coach of the Caps, who is currently leading the NY Rangers. Laviolette has coached three teams to the Stanley Cup finals. He was in the head coaching position of the Capitals from September 2020 to April 2023.

Washington Capitals General Manager

Brian MacLellan has been serving as the GM of the Washington Capitals since May 2014. He joined the front office of the franchise in 2000.

In addition to his managerial role, MacLellan is also the Senior Vice President and the Alternate Governor of the Capitals. The franchise won their only Stanley Cup in 2018 under his management.

The Caps also won the Presidents' Trophy in 2015-16 and 2016-17, along with the Metropolitan Division five times from 2014-15 to 2019-20.

When the Capitals clinched its first Stanley Cup in 2018, eight of the players were either drafted, traded for, or signed by MacLellan, among the 19 players to take the ice in the title-winning victory in Game 5.

When Washington won their second Presidents' Trophy in the 2015-16 season, Brian was selected as a finalist for the NHL General Manager of the Year Award.

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Furthermore, MacLellan supervised the franchise's professional scouting staff. He also worked closely with the AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears.

When he joined the franchise in 2000 as a pro scout until 2003, he helped and advised the GM in all player-related stuff. MacLellan was then promoted to director of player personnel in 2003.

During his tenure as the GM, the Caps have accomplished 100 points in six seasons. The only seasons the club has not reached this feat were the shortened 2019-20 season (90 points in 69 games, a 106-point pace), and the 2020-21 season (77 points in 56 games, a 112-point pace).

Before becoming an executive, MacLellan played in the NHL from 1983 to 1992 with 5 different teams. As a player, he won the Stanley Cup in 1989 with the Calgary Flames.

MacLellan attended Bowling Green State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in business administration. He completed his MBA in finance from the University of St. Thomas in 1995.