Kearney, NE. – The Tri-City Storm has announced the hiring of Ryan Ward as Director of Player Development for the 2020-2021 season. Ward previously served as the Video Coach for the New York Islanders and Toronto Maples Leafs, and most recently served as the Head Coach & Director of Player Personnel for the Selects Hockey Academy 15U team at the South Kent School in South Kent, Connecticut.
Ryan Ward, of Assonet, Massachusetts led one of the top programs in the country this season, the Selects Hockey Academy’s 15U squad that finished the season with a Regional Championship and a final record of 54-9-3. Before joining the Selects Hockey Academy at South Kent School, Ward served as the Assistant Coach for the San Antonio Rampage (AHL) for the 2018-2019 season. Ward spent two seasons as an Assistant Coach for the Saul Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) during the 2016-2017 & 2017-2018 seasons. Ward was behind the bench during the Greyhounds franchise record 55-7-6 regular season record during the 2017-2018 season. The team posted a twenty-three game winning streak and won the 2018 Hamilton Spectator Trophy as Regular Season Champions of the OHL.
In addition to his experiences as a Head Coach and Assistant Coach, Ward also served as video coach for multiple National Hockey League (NHL) franchises. Ward served as the Video Coach for the New York Islanders from 2008 to 2012, and also served as the Video Coach for the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 2015-2016 season. Ward was promoted to Video Coach of the Maple Leafs in November 2015 following two seasons with the Toronto Marlies (AHL) in the same role. Ward also served as the Video Coach for the USA team at the 2010 & 2012 World Championships.
“Anthony and I were in the Toronto organization together and we share the same values when it comes to maximizing the potential of any hockey player both on and off the ice and we’ve kept a good relationship since we first worked together. Video is a massive component of today’s game; players today love to see that content and that’s often how the best learn. I’m lucky to have that aspect of teaching on my resume. This is a really cool opportunity for me, I’m excited to start working with Anthony, Jason, and the rest of the staff. I believe that the more people you can surround yourself with who make your team better, the better off the organization will be.” Director of Player Development Ryan Ward
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Ryan again. I have the utmost respect for his dedication to developing young men and helping them become both better people and better hockey players. He will be a great addition to our program” President of Hockey Operations/Head Coach Anthony Noreen
“Ryan is a coach who was highly recommended for our organization by Anthony and others. I met Ryan earlier this season and had a lot of respect for him immediately. I felt that his team this season at South Kent was one of the top three teams in the country and he had a lot of great prospects play for him. It is great to welcome Ryan to our organization and we look forward to his work with our coaches, players, and staff.” General Manager Jason Koehler