ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League announced that they have hired former ECHL player and coach Bob Woods as an assistant coach.
The Kelly Cup champion South Carolina Stingrays are the ECHL affiliate of the Capitals of the NHL and Hershey of the American Hockey League.
The 41 year old was head coach of Hershey in 2008-09 and led the Bears to the American Hockey League championship. He was an assistant coach for current Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau in 2005-06 and helped Hershey capture the Calder Cup championship. Woods, who was named head coach of Hershey on Nov. 22, 2007 when the Capitals hired Boudreau as head coach, was 83-47-15 in the regular season and 17-10 in the postseason with the Bears.
Woods was 169-94-25 in the regular season and led Mississippi to the Kelly Cup Playoffs all four years he was behind the bench. The Sea Wolves reached the conference finals in Woods first season in 2002 and returned to the conference finals in 2003.
He was an ECHL All-Star selection four times and retired as the ECHL all-time leader with 599 games played. He was named to the Second Team Defense on the ECHL 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.