Former Rebel hired as head coach for NHL’s Senators

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Ottawa Senators press release

Castlegar Rebels alum Travis Green (1985-86) has been named the Ottawa Senators Head Coach, the NHL organization announced today.

Senators President of Hockey Operations and GM, Steve Staios announced that Travis Green has been named the next head coach in franchise history, a position he will hold through the end of the 2027-28 NHL season.

This marks Green’s second stint as a full-time NHL head coach after leading the Vancouver Canucks from the 2017-18 season until midway through the 2021-22 NHL season. After working his way up through the AHL ranks with the Utica Comets between 2013-2017, Green became the Canucks bench boss leading to a 133-147-34 record in 314 games.

After speaking to several highly qualified candidates, it became clear that Travis is the right fit to lead our group,” said Staios. “As we’ve routinely stated, developing a winning culture is paramount to our aspiration of achieving sustained success. Travis has a burning desire to win, is passionate about teaching and holds his players to a very high standard. We’re excited to welcome he and his family to the Ottawa-Gatineau community.”

Green has experience leading a young core like the Senators’ including his 2020 playoff run with the Canucks boasting a 10-7 record with one of the youngest rosters in the league en route to the Western Conference Semi-Finals where the Canucks took the Vegas Golden Knights to the breaking point in game seven before their run came to an end. Most recently Green served as the interim head coach of the New Jersey Devils where he amassed an 8-20-1 record over the final 21 games of this season.

Green was the 23rd overall pick in the 1989 NHL Draft by the New York Islanders, and played 14 seasons in the NHL. Over the course of 970 career games with the Islanders, Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Coyotes, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Boston Bruins, Green scored 193 goals and added 262 helpers for 455 career points.