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Drafted by the Washington Capitals in 1974, John Paddock spent most of his playing career as a hard-nosed forward in the American Hockey League.

He scored 26 goals and racked up 206 penalty minutes during his rookie season with the Richmond Robins and skated for a season with the Springfield Indians, but his greatest on-ice successes came with the Maine Mariners. Paddock played parts of seven seasons in Portland, winning Calder Cup championships in 1978 and 1979 and hitting the 30-goal plateau on two separate occasions.

Playing for coaches Larry Wilson, Bob McCammon, Pat Quinn and Tom McVie in the AHL, Paddock also honed his own skills as a hockey educator and prepared himself for a future behind the bench. He was just 27 years old when he made his first foray into coaching in 1981-82, and he played the first six weeks of the 1983-84 season with Maine before trading in his skates for a whistle full-time, taking over the Mariners when Tom McVie was promoted to New Jersey. The Mariners finished third in the division that season but stormed through the playoffs and captured the franchise’s third Calder Cup.

McVie returned to Maine in 1984-85 and retained Paddock as his co-coach, and the duo led the Mariners to a division title. Paddock was then hired by Frank Mathers to guide the storied Hershey Bears, and one of the winningest stretches in franchise history ensued. Paddock led the Bears to two division crowns, the first 50-win season in club history and a place in AHL annals with a perfect postseason in 1988 as Hershey went 12-0 en route to the Calder Cup. Paddock also won the Louis A.R. Pieri Award as the AHL’s outstanding coach in 1987-88.

After four seasons coaching Philadelphia’s top prospects in Hershey, Paddock was promoted to assistant general manager of the Flyers, a position he held for a year before returning to the AHL as head coach of the Binghamton Rangers in 1990-91. Another successful AHL campaign earned the Oak River, Man., native the position of head coach and later GM of the Winnipeg Jets, and he remained with the organization through their move to Phoenix in 1996.

After two seasons scouting for the New York Rangers, Paddock returned to coaching in 1999-2000 and promptly led the Hartford Wolf Pack to the best record in the AHL during the regular season and the Calder Cup title, becoming the first coach ever to win the AHL championship with three different teams.

He returned to Binghamton in 2002 and spent three seasons with the Senators’ new affiliate there before being promoted to Ottawa in 2005. Paddock was back in the AHL as head coach of the Philadelphia Phantoms in 2008-09, and today is back in a familiar role as assistant GM of the Flyers, a post he was named to on July 9, 2009.

With his career record of 585-424-98, Paddock places third on the AHL’s all-time list of coaching wins and games coached (1,107), and only Bun Cook has more Calder Cups won as a coach than Paddock’s three. He has never missed the postseason in 14 tries as an AHL head coach, and his 82 playoff wins and 149 playoff games coached both stand as league records.

Career AHL Statistics – John Paddock
  Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1974-75 Richmond Robins 72 26 22 48 206 7 5 3 8 38
1975-76 Richmond Robins 42 11 14 25 98 8 0 3 3 5
1976-77 Springfield Indians 61 13 16 29 106 -- -- -- -- --
1977-78 Maine Mariners 61 8 12 20 152 8 0 0 0 25
1978-79 Maine Mariners 79 30 37 67 275 10 9 1 10 13
1980-81 Maine Mariners 22 8 7 15 53 18 10 6 16 48
1981-82 Maine Mariners 39 6 10 16 123 3 0 1 1 18
1982-83 Maine Mariners 69 30 23 53 188 13 2 2 4 18
1983-84 Maine Mariners 17 3 6 9 34 -- -- -- -- --
  Playing Totals 462 135 147 282 1235 67 26 16 42 165

   
Regular Season
Playoffs
Season Team GP W L/
OTL
T/
SOL
Pts Pct Finish GP W L Pct Finish
1981-82 Maine Mariners 5 2 2 1 5 .500 -- -- -- -- -- --
1983-84 Maine Mariners 62 23 30 9 55 .444 3rd, North 17 12 5 .706 Won Calder Cup
1984-85 Maine Mariners 80 38 32 10 86 .538 1st, North 11 5 6 .455 Lost div. final
1985-86 Hershey Bears 80 48 29 3 99 .619 1st, South 18 10 8 .556 Lost Final
1986-87 Hershey Bears 80 43 36 1 87 .544 4th, South 5 1 4 .200 Lost div. semifinal
1987-88 Hershey Bears 80 50 27 3 105 .644 1st, South 12 12 0 1.000 Won Calder Cup
1988-89 Hershey Bears 80 40 30 10 90 .563 2nd, South 12 7 5 .583 Lost div. final
1990-91 Binghamton Rangers 80 44 30 6 94 .588 2nd, South 10 4 6 .400 Lost div. final
1999-2000 Hartford Wolf Pack 80 49 24 7 107 .656 1st, N.E. 23 15 8 .652 Won Calder Cup
2000-01 Hartford Wolf Pack 80 40 32 8 94 .550 2nd, N.E. 5 2 3 .400 Lost conf. quarterfinal
2001-02 Hartford Wolf Pack 80 41 29 10 95 .575 2nd, East 10 4 6 .400 Lost conf. semifinal
2002-03 Binghamton Senators 80 43 28 9 97 .594 1st, East 14 8 6 .571 Lost conf. final
2003-04 Binghamton Senators 80 34 37 9 80 .481 4th, East 2 0 2 .000 Lost qualifier
2004-05 Binghamton Senators 80 47 26 7 106 .631 1st, East 6 2 4 .333 Lost div. semifinal
2008-09 Philadelphia Phantoms 80 43 32 5 93 .569 4th, East 4 0 4 .000 Lost div. semifinal

Head Coaching Totals 1107 585 424 98 1293 .573   149 82 67 .550