Ottawa has found an ideal fit to join Guy Boucher’s coaching staff for the upcoming campaign.
On Wednesday, the Sens announced that Rob Cookson would be coming aboard, joining Marc Crawford as one of the club’s two assistant coaches.
“Rob is a knowledgeable, detail-oriented and resourceful hockey man who brings considerable NHL experience to this team,” Boucher said in a statement. “In addition to having already worked for two NHL organizations, his winning track record at the international level and his exceptional ability to break the game into teaching segments all provide valuable intangibles.
“Given Rob’s history with both Marc and I, I’m certain that our existing chemistry will see him serve as a perfect complement to our staff.”
To say Cookson is familiar with Boucher and Crawford would be an understatement.
Cookson, 55, was behind the Team Canada bench with Boucher at the 2015 Spengler Cup, helping the Canadians capture gold. Cookson called the experience “an awesome opportunity,” adding that the entire staff was thrilled to win “such a prestigious tournament.”
Cookson’s ties to Crawford run even deeper.
For the last four seasons, he was Crawford’s right-hand man for Zurich of the Swiss League — and, like he did with Boucher, Cookson won a championship with Crawford. Two, actually, as Zurich won the Swiss National League A title in 2013-14 and ’15-16.
Prior to his time with Boucher and Crawford, Cookson worked with the Flames and Flyers organizations.