The Augusta Lynx on Tuesday announced that Stan Drulia has been named Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations.
Drulia comes to the Lynx from Orlando of the World Hockey Association 2 where he was head coach and director of hockey operations. In his first season behind the bench, the 35-year-old Drulia led Orlando to the Atlantic Coast Hockey League regular season championship and the postseason championship in 2002-03. Following the ACHL playoffs, Drulia was named interim assistant coach of San Antonio in the American Hockey, remaining with the Rampage through the Calder Cup Playoffs.
Drulia played for Knoxville in 1990-91 and led the ECHL with 63 goals and 140 points in 64 games. Drulia was named ECHL Most Valuable Player and All-ECHL Right Wing.
“I’m excited about this opportunity, it allows me direct involvement in developing players for the NHL, which is everyone’s goal.” Said Drulia. “My family is looking forward to Augusta, we’ve heard it’s a great place to raise a family and quite a good hockey town.”
Selected in the 11th round (214th overall) by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1986 National Hockey League Draft, Drulia played in the NHL with the Tampa Bay Lightning, scoring 42 points (15g-27a) in 126 games. He also played parts of his 13 professional seasons in the AHL with New Haven, Cape Breton and Maine while also playing in the International Hockey League with Detroit, Atlanta and Phoenix. He hoisted the IHL’s Turner Cup twice, in 1994 with Atlanta and in 1997 with Detroit, and was named Turner Cup Playoffs MVP in 1994.