June 24, 2008 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Houston Aeros
HOUSTON, Texas - Houston Aeros General Manager Tom Lynn announced today that Troy G. Ward has been named the team\'s Assistant General Manager.
Ward served as an assistant coach with the Aeros during the 2007-08 season and primarily focused on developing the Aeros young defensive corps. The Aeros\' defense allowed a league-low 183 goals and had a team record 32-point improvement. He will continue to serve as an assistant coach with Houston, but will expand his role and oversee the day-to-day hockey operations of the club.
"Troy demonstrated himself as an impressive coach and manager this past season," said Lynn. "It was those qualities and background that made him an ideal candidate for this position."
"I want to thank Tom Lynn and the rest of the Minnesota Wild for giving me this expanded role," said Ward. "I will continue to work to develop NHL players in a winning environment in Houston."
Ward served as the ECHL\'s Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations in 2001-02 and was also the General Manager/Head Coach of the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League in 1993.
In addition to his managerial background, Ward has had success coaching at all levels of hockey. Houston was Ward\'s second stop as an assistant for Kevin Constantine. He served for the National Hockey League\'s Pittsburgh Penguins for three seasons, from 1997-2000. Ward helped Constantine and the Penguins upset top-seeded New Jersey in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in 1999. Ward\'s other assistant coaching stops include two seasons at Indianapolis of the now-defunct International Hockey League, three seasons at the University of Wisconsin and three at the University of Denver.
He was named the ECHL\'s Coach of the Year for the 2000-01 season when he led Trenton to the Kelly Cup Finals with a 50-18-4 record. He also joined ECHL Victoria in mid-season in 2005-06, leading the Salmon Kings to a 12-14-8 record.
Ward first became a head coach in 1987, with his Alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Ward played four seasons of collegiate hockey at UWEC, which included winning the NAIA national championship in 1984, and was assistant coach there for two seasons prior to becoming the head coach.