Position: Head Coach
Date of Birth: 04/18/1953
Height: 0' 0" Weight: 0 lbs
Resides: Toronto, ONT
On Jan.1, 2015, the Evansville IceMen named Al Sims the fifth head coach in franchise history. Sims joins the Evansville IceMen organization with one of the most accomplished playing and coaching careers in North America. The Boston Bruins selected Sims with 47th overall pick in the third round of the 1973 NHL draft.
The Toronto, Ontario native would go on to play 476 regular season and 40 playoff games in the NHL for the Boston Bruins, Hartford Whalers, and Los Angeles Kings. He played a part of his career as Bobby Orr’s defensive partner with the Boston Bruins.
Since the 1989-90 hockey season, Sims has been a very successful coach in the NHL, ECHL, CHL, and IHL. The 61-year-old began his coaching career with the IHL’s Fort Wayne Komets where he qualified for the playoffs in each of his four years there and won the IHL Championship in the 1992-93 season. Sims was named IHL Coach of the Year this season.
He would move on to the National Hockey League where he became an Assistant Coach for the Anaheim Mighty Ducks for three seasons before becoming the Head Coach for the NHL San Jose Sharks for the 1996-97 season.Sims coached some of the NHL’s greatest players, including Owen Nolan, Ed Belfour, and Paul Kariya.
After his NHL tenure, Sims went on to coach the Milwaukee Admirals (IHL); Reading Royals (ECHL); Corpus Christi Rayz (CHL); and Fort Worth Brahmas (CHL). Al would then return to the Fort Wayne Komets in 2007-08 where in six years he posted a remarkable record of 256 wins and 132 losses in the IHL, CHL, and ECHL. The Komets would win the League Championship four more times under his leadership in 2007-08; 2008-09; 2009-10; and 2012-13.
For the past year and a half, Sims has coached in the GMHL (Greater Metro Junior Hockey League) in Ontario where during the 2013-14 season he led the sixth place Bradford Rattlers to the GMHL Championship Finals.