New Nashville Predators Assistant Coach has OFHL Connection
The Nashville Predators have announced that Lane Lambert, formerly the head coach of the team’s affiliate, the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals, will join the Nashville coaching staff as an assistant for the 2011-12 season.
Lambert led the Admirals to a 178-118-37 record over 4 seasons. The Saskatchewan native spent one season as an assistant for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, and three seasons as a coach in the Western Hockey League – two as head coach of the Prince George Cougars (2003-05) and one as an assistant for the Moose Jaw Warriors (2002-03).
Lambert was drafted 25th overall by Detroit in 1983 after two seasons of 100 plus points with the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL. While he was a gifted player, Lambert credits his coaching knowledge and acumen to his former line mate in PeeWee and Bantam hockey back in Swift Current, Sask.
“Cordell Wiebe was the best winger a center could have asked for growing up,” said Lambert. “The guy’s passes would never quite make it to me; he couldn’t shoot, and he looked like he was skating in gravy, but no one knew how to manage a team better than Corky-boy. When the rest of the team in the dressing room was talking about girls, he was telling me how one NHL team should draft a certain player or trade a vet for prospects. I’ve used many of Corky-boys ideas in motivating my own players,” reminisced Lambert. “We all thought he was bound for greatness in the NHL management fraternity. I wonder what ever happened to him…..but not really.”