GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League have announced that Greg Ireland, who began his professional coaching career in the ECHL with Dayton, will return behind the bench as an assistant coach in 2004-05. In his first season in 2003-04, the Griffins allowed a franchise-low 166 goals and ranked fourth in the AHL with 2.08 goals allowed per game.
Ireland was head coach and general manager of hockey operations for the Bombers from 1998-2003. He is the Bombers all-time coaching leader with a 175-134-47 record and led the team to the Kelly Cup Playoffs four times in five seasons, including the 2002 Kelly Cup Finals. Following the 2002-03 season, he joined the coaching staff of Hamilton of the AHL which advanced to the 2003 Calder Cup Finals.
In five seasons with Dayton, Ireland had more than 90 players who were called up to either the AHL or the International Hockey League, including 18 players in the AHL in 2002-03.