Friday, December 02, 2011
Written by Neal Goulet
What a week for Woods.
Woods is to be inducted – along with Bill Coffey, Sheldon Gorski, John Marks and Dave Seitz – at a luncheon on Jan. 18 in North Charleston, S.C., as part of the ECHL’s midseason board of governors meetings.
A native of LeRoy, Saskatchewan, Woods was a 1988 draft pick of the New Jersey Devils. His 159 ECHL goals are the most ever by a defenseman, spanning 10 seasons with Johnstown, Hampton Roads, Mobile, Tallahassee and Mississippi. He is second all-time in assists and points by a blueliner.
He was part of the Mississippi Sea Wolves’ 1999 Kelly Cup championship team. After retiring as a player, he coached the Sea Wolves from 2001-05.
Woods spent a significant part of his career in Pennsylvania. He played parts of four seasons with the ECHL’s Johnstown Chiefs. He spent parts of eight seasons with the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears, as a player, assistant coach and head coach, winning one Calder Cup championship in each role.
He was an assistant to Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau for three years until both of them were fired this week. Boudreau subsequently was hired as head coach of the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks, and Woods reportedly will join him as assistant coach.