The Spokane Chiefs announced on Monday Dan Lambert will become the 12th full-time head coach in the organization’s history. Lambert was previously the head coach of the Rochester Americans (AHL) and Kelowna Rockets (WHL), including a WHL Championship with the Rockets in 2015
“I am absolutely thrilled for the opportunity to work for this organization, the Brett family and Scott Carter,” Lambert said. “I’m looking forward to meeting the players and working with the young talent on our squad. We’re going to grow and improve together, and I’m excited to get started.”
“First and foremost, we are extremely excited to bring a person of Dan’s caliber into our organization,” Chiefs’ General Manager Scott Carter added. “He fits well with our organization’s philosophy of bringing in good character people with a family first mentality.”
“As a coach, he checks all the boxes,” Carter continued. “We went through a very thorough, patient search process and got the best coach available. Dan is the perfect fit for our group to take them to the next level.”
Lambert, 47, boasts eight years of coaching experience which began in 2009 as an assistant with the eventual WHL Champion Rockets. He took over as head coach prior to the 2014-15 season and led Kelowna to 53-13-0-6 regular season record before a dominant playoff run, losing only three games en route to securing the Ed Chynoweth Cup. He was hired as an assistant with the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres for the 2015-16 season before becoming the head coach for the Sabres’ AHL affiliate Rochester Americans last season, earning a 32-41-0-3 record.