Randy Carlyle Reaches Milestone 500

Randy Carlyle has reached a great milestone in his career, by coaching his 500th game. Unfortunately, the Ducks lost to the Blackhawks. Every one of those games has been with our beloved Anaheim Ducks.

Before becoming the Ducks head coach for the 2005-2006 season, Carlyle bounced around between several teams. He was the head coach of the a Manitoba Moose (Vancouver’s AHL team), and was an assistant coach of the Vancouver Canucks for two years.

He joined the Ducks on August first of 2005 and led the newly revamped Ducks to a deep playoff run. There has been a ton of dislike on Carlyle, but I believe he has done great work with the Ducks.

Here’s what he’s done for the Ducks since taking over:

  • One Stanley Cup
  • The Ducks first division title

  • The best season in franchise history (2006-2007), with 110 points
  • 5 playoff runs in the last 6 seasons
  • 5 out of the 6 seasons have been 90+ point seasons (2 of those were 100+).
Not only did we win a Stanley Cup under Carlyle, but the Ducks dominated each team they played. They beat the Minnesota Wild in 5, the Vancouver Canucks in 5, the Detroit Red Wings in 6 and the Ottawa Senators in 5.
The Ducks were slumping prior to his arrival. Out of the 11 seasons before Carlyle, the Ducks missed playoffs 8 times (I am not including the 2004-2005 lockout). They did have one Stanley Cup run during the 2002-2003 season, where they lost to the Devils in 7 games. The season after, they missed playoffs again.
Some other personal accomplishments by Carlyle:
  • In 1998–99 he was named the IHL’s General Manager of the Year
  • Leads the Ducks coaching franchise in wins with 270
  • Compiled a 270-175-62 all time record with the Ducks
  • As well as a 36-26 post-season record
So thanks Carlyle, for making season after season an amazing experience for us Ducks fans. We know you’ll repeat that magic from 2007.
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