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Mark Reeds Added to Senators Coaching Staff
Published: June 23rd 2011 @ 12:00 AM



Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray announced Thursday the hiring of Mark Reeds (ECHL) as an assistant coach. He joins head coach Paul MacLean (IHL) and goaltending coach Rick Wamsley (AHL) as former Rivermen head coaches now members of the Ottawa Senators coaching staff. 

Reeds, 51, began his coaching career with the ECHL’s Peoria Rivermen prior to the 1996-97 campaign and spent three seasons with the club, compiling a 126-65-19 record in 210 games.

Recently he completed his fourth season as head coach of the OHL’s Owen Sound Attack, where he compiled a regular-season record of 46-17-5 en route to the Western Conference title and eventual OHL championship.  A Toronto native, Reeds was recognized with the Matt Leyden Trophy as the 2010-11 OHL coach of the year as selected by OHL coaches and general managers. He led Owen Sound to the OHL playoffs in two of his four seasons behind the Attack bench, while his team posted a 119-118-35 record.

Prior to joining Owen Sound, Reeds spent four seasons as head coach of the United Hockey League’s Kalamazoo Wings. In his time with Kalamazoo, including the 2005-06 campaign when the Wings won the Colonial Cup as league champions, Reeds compiled a record of 194-86-28 over 308 regular-season games. Before his arrival in Kalamazoo, Reeds led the UHL’s Missouri River Otters for four seasons where he compiled a record of 159-105-34 in 298 games. He is a three-time recipient of the UHL’s coach-of-the-year award (2003, 2005 and 2006).

Drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the fifth round, 86th overall, of the 1979 NHL Entry Draft, Reeds played in 365 NHL contests, registering 159 points (45 goals, 114 assists) with the Blues and the Hartford Whalers between 1981-89.


MacLean, who was named head coach on June 14, was the head coach of the International Hockey League's (IHL) Rivermen from 1993 to 1996. While with Peoria, MacLean was named the Hockey News Minor League Coach of the Year in 1994 after leading the Rivermen to a 51-24-6 mark and a division title.


Wamsley, who will enter his second season as the Senators goalie coach, was Peoria’s interim head coach during the 2009-10 season after Davis Payne was promoted to coach the St. Louis Blues on Jan. 2, 2010.  Overall, he spent four seasons working for St. Louis as an assistant/goaltending coach.