Randy Carlyle

Randy Carlyle
Born (1956-04-19) April 19, 1956
Sudbury, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Toronto Maple Leafs
Pittsburgh Penguins
Winnipeg Jets
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 30th overall, 1976
Toronto Maple Leafs
WHA Draft 69th overall, 1976
Cincinnati Stingers
Playing career 19761993

Randolph Robert Carlyle (born April 19, 1956) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player. He is currently the head coach of the National Hockey League's Anaheim Ducks and formerly the head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs. He is of Finnish descent,[1] and was raised in Azilda, just northwest of Sudbury, Ontario. He won the Stanley Cup in 2007 with the Ducks during his first stint with the team.[2] As a player, Carlyle dressed for over 1000 games between the Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins and Winnipeg Jets, winning the Norris Trophy in 1981 and serving as a captain of both Pittsburgh and Winnipeg.

Junior career

Sudbury Wolves (1973–1976)

Carlyle appeared in 12 games with the Sudbury Wolves in the 1973-74 OHA season, earning eight assists. He played in four playoff games with Sudbury, going pointless, as the Wolves were swept by the Kitchener Rangers in the first round.

Carlyle became a regular on the Wolves blue line in 1974-75, as he scored 17 goals and 64 points in 67 games to finish tied with Dave Farrish in points among defensemen on the Wolves. In the post-season, Carlyle had three goals and nine points in 15 games, as Sudbury lost to the Toronto Marlboros in the second round of the playoffs.

Carlyle continued to improve offensively, as in 1975-76, he scored 15 goals and 79 points in 60 games to lead the Wolves defense, and finish fourth in team scoring. Carlyle had an impressive playoff, scoring six goals and 19 points in 17 games, as the Wolves lost to the Hamilton Fincups in the final round.

Professional career

Toronto Maple Leafs (1976–1978)

Carlyle was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the second round, 30th overall, in the 1976 NHL Entry Draft.

He spent some time of his first professional season in 1976-77 with the Dallas Black Hawks of the CHL, scoring two goals and nine points in 27 games with the club. He spent a majority of the year with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the NHL, as in his rookie season with the Leafs in 1976-77, Carlyle had five assists in 45 games. In nine playoff games with the Leafs, Carlyle had an assist, as the Maple Leafs lost to the Philadelphia Flyers in the quarter-finals.

Carlyle split his 1977-78 between the Dallas Black Hawks and Toronto Maple Leafs. In 21 games with Dallas, Carlyle had three goals and 17 points. In Toronto, he had two goals and 13 points in 47 games, helping the Leafs into the post-season. In seven playoff games, Carlyle had an assist, as the Maple Leafs lost to the Montreal Canadiens in the semi-finals.

On June 14, 1978, his time with the Leafs came to an end, as Toronto traded Carlyle and George Ferguson to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Dave Burrows.

Pittsburgh Penguins (1978–1984)

Carlyle joined the Pittsburgh Penguins for the 1978-79 season, and in 70 games with the Penguins, Carlyle had significant improvement offensively, scoring 13 goals and 47 points to lead all Penguins defensemen in scoring. In seven playoff games, Carlyle was held pointless, as the Penguins lost to the Boston Bruins in the quarter-finals.

He saw his offensive production slip in 1979-80, as Carlyle had eight goals and 36 points in 67 games, although he still led the Penguins defense in scoring. In five playoff games, Carlyle had a goal, as the Penguins lost to the Boston Bruins for the second straight season, this time in the preliminary round.

Carlyle had the best season of his career in 1980-81, as in 76 games, he scored 16 goals and 83 points to lead all NHL defensemen in scoring. In the playoffs, Carlyle scored four goals and nine points in five games, as the Penguins lost to the St. Louis Blues in the preliminary round. After the season, Carlyle was awarded the Norris Trophy for the best defenseman in the league, was named to the NHL First All-Star Team, and finished 11th in Hart Trophy voting.

He had another very successful season in 1981-82, as Carlyle scored 11 goals and 75 points in 73 games, helping Pittsburgh into the post-season. In five playoff games, he scored a goal and four points, as the Penguins lost to the New York Islanders in the Patrick Division semi-finals.

Carlyle ran into injuries in the 1982-83, as he appeared in only 61 games. His offensive production remained very good, as he scored 15 goals and 56 points to lead the Penguins blue line. The Penguins struggled during the season, and missed the playoffs.

Carlyle struggled during the 1983-84 season with the Penguins, scoring only three goals and 26 points in 50 games, his lowest totals since joining the club in 1978. With the Penguins rebuilding, on March 5, the club traded Carlyle to the Winnipeg Jets for the Jets first round draft pick in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft, in which the Penguins used to select Doug Bodger, and for future considerations, which was completed on May 1, when the Jets sent Moe Mantha to the Penguins.

Winnipeg Jets (1984–1993)

Carlyle finished the 1983-84 season with the Winnipeg Jets, however, due to injuries, appeared in only five games with the club, earning three assists. In three playoff games, Carlyle chipped in with two assists, as the jets were swept by the Edmonton Oilers in the Smythe Division semi-final.

In his first full season with the Jets in 1984-85, Carlyle's offensive production went up, as he scored 13 goals and 51 points in 71 games. In eight playoff games, Carlyle had a goal and six points, as the Jets lost to the Edmonton Oilers in the division final. After the season, Carlyle received some votes for the Norris Trophy, and finished seventh in the voting for the award.

In 1985-86, Carlyle tied his career high with 16 goals, matching his total from 1980–81, and added 33 assists for 49 points in 68 games to lead the Jets defense in scoring. Due to a late season injury, Carlyle did not appear in any playoff games, as the Jets were swept by the Calgary Flames in the division semi-final.

Carlyle once again tied his career high in goals with 16 in 1986-87, as well as added 26 assists for 42 points in 71 games, helping the team reach the post-season. In 10 playoff games, Carlyle had a goal and six points as Winnipeg would lose to the Edmonton Oilers in the division final.

Carlyle had his best season as a Jet in 1987-88, as he scored 15 goals and 59 points in 78 games for his highest point total in a season since 1981-82, when he was with the Penguins. Carlyle also set a career high with 210 penalty minutes, and would be the only season of his Jets career that he would have over 100 penalty minutes. In the post-season, Carlyle had two assists in five games, as the Jets lost to their nemesis, the Edmonton Oilers in five games in the division semi-final.

In 1988-89, Carlyle struggled offensively, scoring only six goals, his lowest total since 1983-84, and 44 points in 78 games, as the Jets failed to qualify for the post-season for the first time since Carlyle joined the team.

Injuries plagued Carlyle in the 1989-90 season, as in 53 games, he scored three goals and 18 points, his lowest point total since the 1977-78 season with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Carlyle did not appear in any playoff games, as Winnipeg lost to the Edmonton Oilers in seven games in the division semi-final.

Injuries limited Carlyle to only 52 games in the 1990-91 season, as he scored nine goals and 28 points. The struggling Jets missed the playoffs for the second time in three seasons.

Carlyle's offense struggled greatly in the 1991-92 season, as in 66 games, he scored one goal and 10 points, his lowest totals since his rookie season in 1976-77. The Jets made the playoffs, and in five games, Carlyle scored a goal, as the Jets lost to the Vancouver Canucks in the division semi-final.

Carlyle saw limited action with the Jets in 1992-93, playing in 22 games, scoring a goal and two points. On March 6, 1993, Carlyle played his final NHL game, scoring a goal against Felix Potvin of the Toronto Maple Leafs, in a 4-2 Jets loss.

Coaching career

Winnipeg Jets (1993–1996)

Following his retirement as a player, Carlyle remained with the Jets, and eventually became an assistant coach with the club in the 1995-96 season under head coach Terry Simpson. The Jets finished the year with a 36-40-6 record, and earned the eighth and final playoff position in the Western Conference. Winnipeg would face the Detroit Red Wings and lose to them in six games. Following the season, the Jets then relocated to Phoenix, Arizona and were renamed the Phoenix Coyotes. Carlyle didn't follow the team south.

Manitoba Moose (1996–2002)

Carlyle remained in Winnipeg and became an assistant coach with their new IHL team, the Manitoba Moose, under head coach Jean Perron.

The Moose got off to a rough start in 1996-97, going 16-26-8 in their first 50 games. Hoping to save the season, the Moose then fired Perron and promoted Carlyle to become head coach and general manager. Under Carlyle, the Moose improved and went 16-14-2, however, the team failed to make the playoffs.

In his first full season as head coach of the Moose in 1997-98, Carlyle led the team to a 39-36-7 record, as the team reached the post-season. In the first round, the Moose were swept by the Chicago Wolves.

Manitoba improved to a 47-21-14 record in the 1998-99 season, finishing second in the Midwest Division and reaching the post-season. In the playoffs, the Moose once again lost to the Chicago Wolves in the quarter-finals.

In 1999-2000, the Moose slumped to a 37-36-9 record, however, they once again made the playoffs in the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. In the pre-playoff round, the Moose lost to the Long Beach Ice Dogs in two games.

Manitoba improved in the 2000-01 season to a 42-33-7 record, finishing third in the Western Conference and in the playoffs. In the post-season, the Moose lost to the Chicago Wolves in the semi-finals.

Following the season, the IHL folded, and the Moose moved to the AHL, becoming the top affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks. Carlyle was promoted to team president, and Stan Smyl replaced him as head coach in 2001-02.

Washington Capitals (2002–2004)

Carlyle was hired as an assistant coach by the Washington Capitals to work with newly hired head coach Bruce Cassidy for the 2002-03 season.

In his first season with the Capitals, the team went 39-29-14, reaching the post-season as the sixth seeded team in the Eastern Conference. In the post-season, the Capitals lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round.

Washington struggled badly in the 2003-04 season, as Cassidy was fired after an 8-16-1 start, and replaced by Glen Hanlon. Under Hanlon, the Capitals went 15-30-9, as the club finished in 14th place in the conference. Carlyle was not brought back after the season.

Manitoba Moose (2004–2005)

Carlyle returned to the Moose as head coach for the 2004-05 season. Under Carlyle, the Moose went 44-26-7-3 to finish third in the North Division. In the playoffs, the Moose upset the higher seeded St. John's Maple Leafs and Rochester Americans before losing to the Chicago Wolves in the Western Conference final.

Anaheim Mighty Ducks/Ducks (2005–2011)

Carlyle was hired as head coach of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim on August 1, 2005.

On October 5, 2005, Carlyle coached his first career NHL game, as the Mighty Ducks defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 5-3. In his first season with the Mighty Ducks in 2005-06, Carlyle led the team to a 43-27-12 record, earning a playoff berth. In the post-season, the Mighty Ducks would lose to the Edmonton Oilers in the Western Conference final.

The Mighty Ducks rebranded themselves as the Anaheim Ducks in 2006-07, and the club finished with a 48-20-14 record, finishing in second place in the conference. In the post-season, the Ducks defeated the Minnesota Wild, Vancouver Canucks and Detroit Red Wings, earning a spot in the 2007 Stanley Cup Finals. In the final round against the Ottawa Senators, the Ducks would defeat Ottawa in five games to win their first Stanley Cup in team history.

The Ducks had another successful season in 2007-08, going 47-27-8 to clinch a playoff spot. In the post-season, the Ducks were upset by the Dallas Stars in the first round. Carlyle reached a milestone on February 8, 2008, as he won his 121st game with the Ducks, setting the franchise record for wins by a head coach.

In 2008-09, Anaheim slumped to a 42-33-7 record, however, they snuck into the post-season in the eighth and final playoff spot in the conference. In the playoffs, the Ducks defeated the top seeded San Jose Sharks before falling to the Detroit Red Wings in the second round.

The Ducks struggled in the 2009-10 season, going 39-32-11, and failed to reach the playoffs for the first time during his tenure with the team.

Anaheim rebounded with a very successful regular season in 2010-11, going 47-30-5, their highest point total since the 2007-08 season, and returned to the playoffs. In the post-season, the Ducks lost to the Nashville Predators in the first round.

The Ducks struggled badly to begin the 2011-12 season, as the club was 7-13-4 in their first 24 games. On November 30, 2011, the Ducks fired Carlyle and replaced him with former Washington Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau.

Toronto Maple Leafs (2012–2015)

On March 2, 2012, the Toronto Maple Leafs hired Carlyle as the head coach of the team. At the time of the hiring, the Maple Leafs had a record of 29-28-7. On March 3, Carlyle coached his first game with the Leafs, leading the team to a 3-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens. Under Carlyle, the rebuilding club finished the 2011-12 season with a 6-9-3 record in 18 games, failing to reach the playoffs.

In his first full season with Toronto in 2012-13, the Leafs finished with a 26-17-5 record in the lockout shortened season to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2003-04. In the playoffs, the Leafs lost to the Boston Bruins in seven games in the first round. In game seven, the Leafs held a 4-1 lead midway through the third period, however, the Bruins stormed back to tie the game and send it into overtime, in which Boston won the game, and series.

In 2013-14, the Leafs finished the season with a 38-36-8 record. With 14 games to go, the Leafs appeared to be comfortably in a playoff spot. However, they went 2-12 the rest of the way and missed the playoffs.

On January 6, 2015, Carlyle was fired after losing 7 of their last 10 games, going 2-7 since and including their first loss in that such stretch of games. Problems in the Leafs defensive and possession game, as well as the lack of advanced stats progress despite personal additions and line up changes also played a role. He finished his duties in Toronto with a 91-78-19 record.[3]

Return to Anaheim (2016–present)

On June 14, 2016, the Ducks announced that Carlyle has returned to the team to become their head coach for the second time.[4]

NHL coaching record

Team Year Regular season Postseason
G W L OTL Pts Division rank Result
ANA2005–06 82432712983rd in Pacific97.563Lost in Conference Finals
ANA2006–07 824820141101st in Pacific165.762Won Stanley Cup
ANA2007–08 82472781022nd in Pacific24.333Lost in Conference Quarterfinals
ANA2008–09 8242337912nd in Pacific76.538Lost in Conference Semifinals
ANA2009–10 82393211894th in PacificMissed Playoffs
ANA2010–11 8247305992nd in Pacific 24.333Lost in Conference Quarterfinals
ANA2011–12 247134(80)(fired)
TOR2011–12 18693(80)4th in NortheastMissed Playoffs
TOR2012–13 4826175573rd in Northeast34.429Lost in First Round
TOR2013–14 8238368846th in AtlanticMissed Playoffs
TOR2014–15 402116345(fired)
Total70436426080808 3930.5656 playoff appearances
1 Stanley Cup

Career statistics

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1973–74 Sudbury Wolves OHA-Jr. 12 0 8 8 21 4 0 0 0 6
1974–75 Sudbury Wolves OMJHL 67 17 47 64 118 15 3 6 9 21
1975–76 Sudbury Wolves OMJHL 60 15 64 79 126 17 6 13 19 70
1976–77 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 45 0 5 5 51 9 0 1 1 20
1976–77 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 26 2 7 9 63
1977–78 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 49 2 11 13 31 7 0 1 1 8
1977–78 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 21 3 14 17 31
1978–79 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 70 13 34 47 78 7 0 0 0 12
1979–80 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 67 8 28 36 45 5 1 0 1 4
1980–81 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 76 16 67 83 136 5 4 5 9 9
1981–82 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 73 11 64 75 131 5 1 3 4 16
1982–83 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 61 15 41 56 110
1983–84 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 50 3 23 26 82
1983–84 Winnipeg Jets NHL 5 0 3 3 2 3 0 2 2 4
1984–85 Winnipeg Jets NHL 71 13 38 51 98 8 1 5 6 13
1985–86 Winnipeg Jets NHL 68 16 33 49 93
1986–87 Winnipeg Jets NHL 71 16 26 42 93 10 1 5 6 18
1987–88 Winnipeg Jets NHL 78 15 44 59 210 5 0 2 2 10
1988–89 Winnipeg Jets NHL 78 6 38 44 78
1989–90 Winnipeg Jets NHL 53 3 15 18 50
1990–91 Winnipeg Jets NHL 52 9 19 28 44
1991–92 Winnipeg Jets NHL 66 1 9 10 54 5 1 0 1 6
1992–93 Winnipeg Jets NHL 22 1 1 2 14
NHL Totals 1055 148 499 647 1400 69 9 24 33 120

International statistics

International medals
Men's ice hockey
Representing  Canada
World Championship
1989 Sweden Ice hockey
Year Team Comp   GP G A Pts PIM
1989 Canada WC 9 1 4 5 4

Awards and achievements

See also


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