Predators name Lane Lambert to fill vacant AHL head coaching job

“Our organizational philosophy has been to elevate those internally who have demonstrated the ability and potential to succeed with more responsibility, and Lane Lambert is the right choice as the head coach of the Milwaukee Admirals and a true blue-chip prospect in the coaching ranks,” David Poile, GM of the parent Nashville Predators, said Wednesday.

As the Admirals’ top assistant, Lambert was in charge of team defence and penalty killing.

“Working with Claude Noel this past season, Lane was faced with challenges such as injuries, call-ups and a revolving roster, and he helped create a winning culture for the Admirals and our prospects,” said Paul Fenton, Nashville’s assistant GM who oversees the AHL club. “He has an innovative mind for the game, is a strong motivator and is respected by the players.”

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Lambert, 42, from Melfort, Sask., was an assistant coach in 2005-2006 of the New York Islanders’ AHL farm club, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. He previously was head coach of the WHL’s Prince George Cougars and assistant coach of the WHL’s Moose Jaw Warriors.

Lambert finished an 18-year pro playing career with the IHL’s Houston Aeros in 2001. He played 283 NHL games with Detroit, the New York Rangers and Quebec.