This is the 22nd in a series of biographies on the 28 men behind the benches of the ECHL in 2004-05.
Saturday: Marty Raymond of the Bakersfield Condors
The ECHL recently asked each of its 28 coaches a series of six questions.
Here are the answers given by Mississippi’s Bob Woods.
Best player you have coached?
Steffon Walby and Michael Ryder
Best player who you played with during your career?
Mike Modano and Martin Brodeur
What is the toughest ECHL rink for a visiting team?
Toledo Sports Arena
If you weren’t a hockey coach, what profession would you like to try?
Physical Education Teacher
Who is the person you admire most?
Your ideal golf foursome would have?
Bobby Orr, Mike Weir and Dad
Bob Woods is in his fourth season as head coach and director of hockey operations and his first season as general manager for Mississippi. The 36-year-old Woods became the fourth head coach in team history on July 10, 2001 and the seventh general manager on May 11, 2004. Woods is 130-70-16 and has led the Sea Wolves to the Conference Finals in two of his three seasons behind the bench, losing to Kelly Cup Champion Greenville in his rookie season in 2001-02. Selected in the 10th round (201st overall) by the New Jersey Devils in the 1988 National Hockey League Entry Draft, Woods played 13 professional seasons, including 10 in the ECHL. He was an ECHL All-Star selection four times and retired as the ECHL’s all-time leader with 599 games played. He was named to the Second Team Defense on the ECHL’s 15th Anniversary Team in 2003, and was named Second Team Defense on The Hockey News’ 50th Anniversary All-ECHL Team in 1997. Woods spent three seasons as player/assistant coach with Mississippi from 1998-2001 and in 1999 helped Mississippi capture the Kelly Cup Championship. He scored 176 points (60g-116a) in 209 games with the Sea Wolves, who retired his uniform number 8 on October 13, 2002. Woods also helped Hershey of the American Hockey League capture the 1997 Calder Cup Championship. A native of LeRoy, Saskatchewan, Woods and his wife, Mary Sue, reside in Biloxi with their sons, Brendan and Colin.