Islanders Name Former Capitals’ Assistant Coach Lane Lambert As New Head Coach


Monday morning the New York Islanders named former Washington Capitals assistant coach Lane Lambert as their new head coach. Lambert replaces former Capitals head coach Barry Trotz, who was fired last week.

Lambert spent four seasons as an Assistant Coach with the Washington Capitals. During that period, Washington won the franchise’s first Stanley Cup Championship (2017-18).

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The New York Islanders announced today that Lane Lambert has been named Head Coach.

“I had the opportunity to work with Lane over the past four years, which includes spending time with him on a one-on-one basis when he served as the interim Head Coach this past season,” Islanders President and General Manager Lou Lamoriello said. “In my opinion, he is the right person to coach this team.”

Lambert had served as the Associate Coach of the Islanders for the past four seasons. Prior to his time with the Islanders, Lambert spent four seasons as an Assistant Coach with the Washington Capitals. During that period, Washington won the franchise’s first Stanley Cup Championship (2017-18). The Melfort, Saskatchewan native spent three seasons as an Assistant Coach with the Nashville Predators from the 2011-12 season through the 2013-14 season. Lambert served as Head Coach of the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League (AHL) from 2007-11 and helped the Admirals capture a pair of West Division titles (2008-09 and 2010-11). Prior to joining the Admirals as an Assistant Coach in 2006-07, Lambert spent one season as an Assistant Coach for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the Islanders’ AHL affiliate. Lambert started his coaching career in the Western Hockey League, spending two seasons as Head Coach of the Prince George Cougars (2003-05).

Lambert was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the second round (25th overall) of the 1983 NHL Entry Draft. He scored 124 points (58 goals, 66 assists) and accumulated 521 penalty minutes in 283 career NHL games from 1983-1989 with Detroit, the New York Rangers and Quebec Nordiques. Lambert enjoyed his most successful NHL campaign with the Nordiques in 1987-88, recording career-highs in points (41) and assists (28) in 61 contests. Lambert won an AHL Calder Cup title with the Adirondack Red Wings in 1986 and helped the Houston Aeros claim the IHL’s Turner Cup Championship in 1999.


By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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7 Responses to Islanders Name Former Capitals’ Assistant Coach Lane Lambert As New Head Coach

  1. Anonymous says:

    Wasn’t there another organization that fired Trotz and hired one of his assistants as the next head coach?? Oh wait the Caps did that and how did that turn out??

  2. Rick Hixenbaugh says:

    Lambert has teamed with Trotz….well…FOREVER ! If Lamoriello didn’t like what Barry was doing (which is insane)… I wonder what he thinks he’s gonna see different with
    Lane ? After working together in 3 different organizations…they have to have very similar coaching philosophies….No ?

    • novafyre says:

      Exactly. Not a new voice is he. I still think that Trotz tried to pull a fast one with the Islanders the way he did the Caps and GM decided he had had enough. No problem with the game plan, problem was the HC.

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      Agree, Rick, it doesn’t seem like there would be much of a change.

  3. Anonymous says:

    He deserves a shot hope he does well except when against the Caps

  4. Scottlew73 says:

    Most “smart” assistant/associate coach’s usually attach themselves to experienced coach,for learning purposes. Most head coach’s did same at one time or another its how you learn the game. Difference between TR & LL is LL isn’t stabbing current boss in back to get job like TR did! When he got his wish wasn’t surprised when couldn’t do job properly & was let go not long after.
    Thier’s an old phrase in Chuckwagon racing that apply’s to hockey as well and it’s “you got to know when to give them the reins & know when to hold them back!”,if Lambert studied correct he’ll know exactly how to run the team & get most out of them!!

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