Boston Bruins assistant coach Geoff Ward has resigned from his role, announced General Manager Peter Chiarelli Thursday. He’s headed to Germany where he’ll be taking up a head-coaching position.
Ward was a vitally important member of Claude Julien‘s staff. His presence helped orchestrate an organizational turn around, including a Cup in 2011. He joined the Bruins back in 2007.
In Germany, Ward will become the next head coach of the Mannheim Eagles, who are a member of the German Deutsche Eishockey Liga. The Eagles placed second in the DEL last season.
Prior to joining the Bruins, Ward spent two season coaching in Germany. He’s familiar with the hockey landscape there. He also spent time coaching in the OHL and AHL over the course of his 20 year career.
It remains to be seen who Julien appoints as Ward’s replacement come 2014-2015.