Behind the ECHL Benches – Al Sims


Al Sims enters his first full season with Evansville after taking over as the club’s head coach on Jan. 9, 2015. During his coaching career, Sims has led five teams to championships, including three straight International Hockey League titles with Fort Wayne from 2008-10.

Sims was selected by the Boston Bruins in the third round (47th overall) of the 1973 NHL Entry Draft. The Toronto, Ontario native went on to play 476 regular season and 40 playoff games in the NHL for the Bruins, Hartford Whalers and Los Angeles Kings.

Since the 1989-90 season, Sims has coached in the NHL, ECHL, CHL and IHL. The 61-year-old began his coaching career with the IHL’s Fort Wayne Komets where he qualified for the playoffs in each of his four years and won the IHL championship in the 1992-93 season. He moved on to the National Hockey League where he became an assistant coach for the Anaheim Mighty Ducks for three years before becoming the head coach of the San Jose Sharks for the 1996-97 season. After his NHL tenure, Sims went on to coach the Milwaukee Admirals (IHL), Reading Royals (ECHL), Corpus Christi Rayz (CHL) and Fort Worth Brahmas (CHL). He returned to Fort Wayne in 2007-08 and in six seasons posted a record of 256-132-44 in the IHL, CHL and ECHL while leading the Komets to league championships in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2013. For the past year and a half, Sims has coached in the GMHL (Greater Metro Junior Hockey League) in Ontario.


Coaching Record   Reg. Season    Playoffs  
SeasonTeam GmsWLT GmsWL
1989-90Fort Wayne (IHL) 82373411 514
1990-91Fort Wayne (IHL) 8243355 19109
1991-92Fort Wayne (IHL) 8252228 734
1992-93Fort Wayne (IHL) 8249276 12120
1996-97San Jose (NHL) 8227478 
1997-98Milwaukee (IHL) 8243345 1055
1998-99Milwaukee (IHL) 82382816 202
1999-00Milwaukee (IHL) 8237369 312
2001-02Reading Royals (ECHL) 7227369 
2002-03Corpus Christi (CHL) 6431303 
2003-04Corpus Christi (CHL) 13562 
 Fort Worth (CHL) 4413256 
2004-05Fort Worth (CHL)
 6026286 
2005-06Fort Worth (CHL)
 248133 
2007-08Fort Wayne (IHL) 7656128 1385
2008-09Fort Wayne (IHL) 76461812 1183
2009-10Fort Wayne (IHL) 7650215 1284
2010-11Fort Wayne (CHL) 6631278 853
2011-12Fort Wayne (CHL) 6640197 18126
2012-13Fort Wayne Komets (ECHL) 7233354 
2013-14Evansville IceMen (ECHL)
 416305 
 ECHL Totals 1856610118