John Paddock will be behind the bench tonight for his 1,000th game as either an AHL head or co coach. His AHL coaching debut came on March 20, 1982 with the Maine Mariners.
Paddock has coached teams to 522 regular season victories during his run as a coach in the AHL. That number is second only to Frank Mathers (610) and Fred “Bun” Cook (636). Mathers passed away Wednesday in Hershey, PA and will be recognized with a tribute at this weekend’s AHL All-Star Classic in Manchester, N.H.
John Paddock is the only coach to win a Calder Cup with three different teams. (Maine – 1983-1984, Hershey - 1987-1988, and Hartford – 1999-2000). On Nov. 12, 2004 he became only the third AHL coach to win 500 games as the Senators defeated Hamilton 4-3 in a shootout.
Paddock was appointed as Bryan Murray’s assistant coach with the Ottawa Senators in July of 2004. But he has returned to Binghamton to assist head coach Dave Cameron until a resolution is reached in the ongoing NHL lockout.
The Senators will look to move out of a three-way tie atop the East Division with a pair of games against division foes Bridgeport and Albany this weekend.
The Sound Tigers are currently sixth in the seven-team division with 40 points in 46 games. Sixteen of Bridgeport's 19 wins have some at home where they hold a 16-5-0-0 record which includes a win against the Senators on Oct. 24. The Sound Tigers are 3-20-1-1 on the road.