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Columbus Blue Jackets have appointed Brad Larsen as the team’s new head coach

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Larsen, who has spent the past seven seasons as an assistant coach with the club, has agreed to a three-year contract until the 2023-24 season.

Columbus Blue Jackets have appointed Brad Larsen as the organization’s eighth coach in the franchise’s history.

Larsen, who has spent the past seven seasons as an assistant coach with the club, has agreed to a three-year contract until the 2023-24 season.

“We went through an extensive process in which we looked closely at a number of high-profile candidates to be the next head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets team and the only individual we kept coming back to this whole time was Brad Larsen,” said General Manager and Alternate Governor Jarmo. kekalainen. “Brad was one of the best young coaches in the NHL when he joined our club as an assistant coach, and over the past seven years he has earned the respect of our players, our staff and our organization with his work ethic, his hockey acumen and the way he does it. Delighted to introduce him as our next coach.”

“Brad understands the standards that have been set here in recent years for how we expect to play on the ice and how we represent our city and fans off the ice,” said Hockey Operations Chief John Davidson. “He shares our values ​​and vision of what it means to be a blue jacket and where we want to go as a franchisee and is the right person to lead our team moving forward.”

Larsen spent two seasons as head coach of the Springfield Falcons in the NHL from 2012 to 2014, and led the club to two of the three division titles won by the Blue Jackets in franchise history.

Larsen helped the Blue Jackets set the record 269-208-59 during his seven seasons as an assistant coach, under coaches Todd Richards and John Tortorella.

During that time, Columbus published five winning seasons and appeared in the Stanley Cup playoffs four consecutive years from 2017-20. He began his coaching career as an assistant coach with Springfield 2010-12.

“I have been so proud to be a Columbus Blue Jacket and to be a part of this wonderful community for the past seven years, and I am humbled and proud to be the head coach of this hockey club,” Larsen said. “I would like to thank Mr. McConnell, J.D., Jarmo and Mike Priest for this opportunity and look forward to helping this team improve every day as we work toward our goal of winning the Fifth Line Stanley Cup.”

A native of Nakusp, British Columbia, Larsen played 12 seasons as a striker in the NHL and AHL between 1997-2010. He scored 19 goals and 29 assists for 48 points in 294 NHL games with the Colorado Avalanches and Atlanta Thrashers and was a member of the 2001 Colorado Stanley Cup Championship squad.

He played four seasons with the Western Hockey League’s Swift Current Broncos from 1993-1997 and won a pair of gold medals with Team Canada at the 1996 and 1997 World Junior Championships, serving as the team captain in 1997.

Originally selected by the Ottawa Senators in the third round, 53rd overall, in the 1995 NHL Draft, later drafted by Colorado in the 4th round, 87th overall, in 1997 and later began his career from that year.

The Blue Jackets will hold a press conference with Larsen, Kekalainen and Davidson on Friday at 10:30 a.m.

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