There’s something special to be said about people who’ve worked in any industry for years in various areas. We’ve all heard stories about people starting in the mailroom and working their way up. Well, Derek Laxdal, current head coach of the American Hockey League’s Texas Stars might not know how to file mail, but he certainly knows every corner of the industry due to his extensive research.
Before he was a head coach in the AHL, Laxdal spent time as the head coach of the WHL’s Edmonton Oil Kings, the ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads, and the CHL’s Wichita Thunder and Odessa Jackelopes. Not to mention the season he spent with the Roanoke Express as a player-assistant coach.
But here’s the thing – none of those stops were brief. Six years with Wichita and Odessa. Five years in the coast with Idaho. Another four with the Oil Kings. Check out the list for yourself.
And now he’s in his fifth offseason with Texas, one promotion away from the National Hockey League, a league in which he enjoyed cups of coffee with the Toronto Maple Leafs as well as the New York Islanders.
That’s one of the most impressive aspects of Laxdal’s resume – his staying power. He’s not an in and out coach – he’s committed to each team, and no doubt each city holds a special place in his heart.
We’re thrilled to have Derek as one of our speakers at this year’s hockey coaches conference in Toronto.
From last week, in case you missed it…