The Ducks AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch, continues to add personnel with a view towards next season. Mike Stapleton was named the assistant coach and will join Mark Holick, who was named head coach on May 21.
The Ducks have been without a minor league affiliate since ending their partnership with the Iowa Chops in 2008. Having to spread minor league players throughout the AHL proved difficult and the Ducks were relieved when they entered an agreement with Syracuse on March 21 this year.
Holick has 16 years of coaching experience, most recently with Kootenay of the WHL. Stapleton brings four years of assistant coaching experience in the OHL.
Ducks players will benefit from having one consistent system next season, which will make the transition from the minors to the Anaheim club much easier on all involved.