SASKATOON – The Saskatoon Blades are expected to introduce Bob Woods as the club’s new general manager and head coach on Monday.
Woods, 46, has experience as both a player and coach at various levels of professional hockey.
The Leroy, Sask. product was selected in round 10 of the 1988 NHL entry draft by the New Jersey Devils.
The defenceman played two seasons with the Brandon Wheat Kings before a 13-year professional career with teams in the IHL, ECHL, AHL and in Europe.
As Woods transitioned to coaching, he led the Hershey Bears to an AHL championship in 2009.
He spent the past five seasons as an NHL assistant coach with the Washington Capitals and the Anaheim Ducks.
The Blades finished the last season with a 16-51-2-3 record, the third worst record in the Western Hockey League.
In March, the Blades announced Dave Struch’s contract would not be renewed after one season as head coach.