Carlyle Realizes Championship Dreams In Anaheim
He just didn’t imagine he’d have to go to
|Randy Carlyle won a Stanley Cup championship with Anaheim last year.|
“Winning the championship is something we all strive to do. I wasn’t fortunate enough to win it as a player, and I found a way to do it as a coach,” he said. “It’s just a culmination of 31 years from a playing standpoint and from a management standpoint.”
Even though Carlyle broke into the NHL with the
The 5-foot-10 defenseman racked up 18 points combined in 94 games during his stint with the Leafs. However, he flew past that mark in his first season in
“I was a young player who got traded from
In 397 games in a Penguins uniform, Carlyle produced 323 points (66+257). He became the only Penguins player to win the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman when he claimed the award in 1981. He delivered the best statistical output of his career that season when he totaled 83 points (16+67) and 136 penalty minutes in 76 games.
|Randy Carlyle captained the Penguins and won a Norris Trophy in Pittsburgh.|
Carlyle never had a chance to skate with Lemieux in
He began his coaching career as an assistant with
In addition, he led the Ducks to their first Pacific Division Championship in 2007, compiling a regular season record of 48-20-14 for 110 points. The club set franchise records in most major statistical categories, including wins, standings points and goals (254); eclipsing marks the team set the previous season. In 164 regular season games as an NHL head coach entering 2007-08, Carlyle has a 91-47-26 record (.634 winning percentage).
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Now that the Ducks have reached the top, Carlyle knows opponents will be looking to prevent a repeat performance.
“It was very exciting and kind of surreal at the time. Time flies when you’re having fun and time has really flown by in a hurry since then,” he said. “The thing about winning a championship is it puts more pressure on you next year to come back and have a solid year and put yourself in a position to do it again.”
After playing two games against the Los Angeles Kings in
“We saw them once last year when they played here, and they were on a roll, playing very well,” he said. “It was a high-paced game and everyone expected their level of skill and their ability to move the puck. That’s at the forefront of their game and that’s the level we feel we have to play to. They’re a younger group than we are, but they’re a talented group. They’re a very exciting hockey club to play against and watch.”