Lambert Guides Young Team to Success
Success in the American Hockey League starts with great coaching.
Each team is made up of prospects, National Hockey League veterans and career minor leaguers, therefore an AHL coach must remain the steadying influence, guiding their clubs to victories while overcoming the rigors of an 80-game season.
In 2010-2011, no bench boss meant more to their team or to their National Hockey League organization than Milwaukee Admirals coach Lane Lambert. Despite carrying roster that included just two of the team’s top 11 scorers from the previous year, Lambert guided the youth-laden Admirals to a 44-win and 102-point campaign, earning the top spot in the AHL’s Western Conference.
“It’s been fun to coach this year’s team because our guys come to work every day, ready and willing to improve,” Lambert said. “The credit for our success goes to the players and the efforts they put in to this point.”
Competing in, and winning, the West Division where the top seven spots were separated by less than ten points for a majority of the season, Lambert had to preach an aggressive and tenacious style from day one or face the prospect of having his team swept away by the pack.
“There were no easy games or any freebie wins, which was a good thing for our team and our organization,” Lambert said. “With the divisional race being as tight as it was for so long, it made the season that much more demanding because every team had to grind it out until the end.”