Thursday night the Columbus Blue Jackets announced the hiring of longtime assistant coach Brad Larsen to be their new head coach. Larsen’s contract is a three-year deal that will take him through the end of the 2023-2024 season. Larsen has been with the Blue Jackets organization for seven years as an assistant coach. As an assistant coach, he worked under the organization’s last two head coaches Todd Richards and John Tortorella.
Blue Jackets general manager and alternate governor Jarmo Kekalainen addressed the hiring of Larsen as the club’s new coach,
“Brad was one of the top young coaches in the American Hockey League when he joined our club as an assistant coach and over the past seven years has earned the respect of our players, staff and organization with his work ethic, hockey acumen and the way he treats people, and we couldn’t be more pleased to introduce him as our next head coach.”Blue Jackets general manager and alternate governor Jarmo Kekalainen
Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson talked about how Larsen’s vision for the team aligns with the organizations,
“He shares our values and our vision for what it means to be a Blue Jacket and where we want to go as a franchise and is the right person to lead our team moving forward.”Blue Jackets President of Hockey Operations John Davidson
The job with the Blue Jackets will not be Larsen’s first head coaching job but his first in the NHL. Larsen was the head coach of the Blue Jackets AHL Affiliate the Springfield Falcons. In his three years with the Falcons he led the team to a record of 95-45-11.
Before getting into coaching Larsen played 12 seasons professionally between the NHL and AHL. In his career, he scored 19 goals, 29 assists and registered 48 points. Larsen is also a Stanley Cup Winner winning it as a member of the Colorado Avalanche in 2001.
The Columbus Blue Jackets hope that with Larsen at the helm he can help bring the team back to the playoffs and maybe even the franchises first Stanley Cup.
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