Ex-Ducks Coach Becomes General Manager in Germany

Former Anaheim Ducks head coach Dallas Eakins has signed a deal to become the general manager and assist with coaching for Adler Mannheim, Germany’s top hockey league, until the end of the 2023-24 season.

‣ Former Anaheim Ducks head coach Dallas Eakins has signed a deal with Adler Mannheim of the DEL, Germany’s top league, where he will serve as general manager and assist with coaching until the end of the 2023-24 season.
‣ Eakins’ entire professional hockey career prior to this has been in North America, where he played 609 career AHL games, and 120 NHL games, and later served as a coach for various teams including the Toronto Marlies and the Anaheim Ducks.
‣ Eakins is replacing Jan-Axel Alavaara as Adler Mannheim’s general manager and head coach Johan Lundskog, marking a significant career move for him.

Dallas Eakins, the ex-head coach of the Anaheim Ducks, has a new gig. He’s signed a contract with Adler Mannheim, the top league in Germany, the DEL.

Eakins’ role? He’ll be the general manager. He’ll also lend a hand with coaching until the end of the 2023-24 season. After that, they’ll see how things are going.

This is a new chapter for Eakins. His entire pro hockey career has been in North America until now. He’s a 56-year-old who’s played 609 AHL games and 120 NHL games. His career kicked off with his selection in the 1985 NHL Draft’s 10th round and ended with his retirement in 2004.

His stats? Not exactly stellar. He scored 134 AHL points and nine NHL points. Plus, he’s had 1051 penalty minutes in the AHL and 208 in the NHL.

Eakins moved into coaching in 2005-06 with the Toronto Marlies. The next year, he was promoted to an assistant role with the Maple Leafs. After a couple of years there, he returned to the AHL to lead the Marlies for four seasons.

The 2013-14 season was a game-changer for Eakins. He became an NHL head coach with the Edmonton Oilers. But he lost the role to Todd Nelson midway through the 2014-15 season. He then spent four more seasons in the AHL before joining the Anaheim Ducks for the last four seasons.

His career’s been a rollercoaster. His best years? With the Toronto Marlies. He led them to the AHL’s Calder Cup Playoffs Finals in 2011-12. But he hasn’t been part of the Stanley Cup Playoffs since his playing days in 1999.

Eakins is stepping into Jan-Axel Alavaara’s shoes as Adler Mannheim’s general manager. Alavaara was in the role for the last five seasons, after a couple of years as an amateur scout with the Buffalo Sabres. Eakins is also taking over from head coach Johan Lundskog. Lundskog, who has coaching experience in the GMHL, ECHL, SHL, and National League, was in his first year with Adler Mannheim.

Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson
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