By Carter Brooks
Photo by Jeff Vinnick
The Winnipeg ICE have put the finishing touches on their 2019-20 coaching staff.
On Tuesday morning, Manitoba's newest Western Hockey League team announced that it had signed former Manitoba Moose forward and recent coach of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League's Winnipeg Blues Josh Green, to serve as an Assistant Coach for the coming season.
Green, 41, brings a wealth of hockey knowledge and experience that dates back to five seasons of WHL play for the Medicine Hat Tigers and Swift Current Broncos in the 1990s, before bouncing around the NHL and AHL for the better part of 13 years. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound forward dressed for 341 NHL games, collecting 36 goals, 76 points and 206 penalty minutes. The 2018-19 hockey season saw Green serve on the staff of the Winnipeg Blues as an Assistant Coach.
Green's NHL career saw the Camrose, AB. product suit up for eight teams, including the Los Angeles Kings, New York Islanders, Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers, Washington Capitals, Calgary Flames, Vancouver Canucks and the Anaheim Ducks. Following his big league career, Green travelled overseas for four seasons, where he played for both Tappara and Kookoo of Finland's Liiga, collecting 60 goals, 115 points and 239 penalty minutes in 188 games.
“We are thrilled to have Josh join our coaching staff,” said ICE Head Coach James Patrick in a team-issued press release. “Josh’s extensive playing career and passion for skill development will be a great resource for our players, in particular our young forwards.”
Green will serve directly under Patrick, and alongside Jon Klemm as an Assistant Coach. Rounding out the Winnipeg ICE 2019-20 coaching staff are Darcy Ewanchuk (Equipment Manager), Jon Cara (Skating Coach), Ryan Cyr (Goalie Development), Dan Ferguson (Goalie Coach), Darris Hardern (Strength & Conditioning Coach), Dr. Adrienne Leslie-Toogood (Director, Mental Performance) and Henry Dueck (Team Chaplain).