Roughly 23 years after the New Jersey Devils traded Eric Weinrich in a deal for Bobby Holik, he’s rejoined the organization. The 48-year-old retired defenseman will serve as a development coach, per NJ.com.
Weinrich brings with him 1,157 NHL games worth of experience from his time with the Devils, Hartford Whalers, Chicago Blackhawks, Montreal Canadiens, Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers, St. Louis Blues, and Vancouver Canucks.
His last campaign as a player was in 2007-08 and he spent the next three seasons as an assistant coach for the AHL’s Portland Pirates. He followed that up with four campaigns as a scout for the Buffalo Sabres.
“Eric has a strong track record as a leader over his 23-year professional hockey career. We look to benefit from his time as a player and recent experience in coaching,” Devils GM Ray Shero said. “As a former Devils’ draft pick and someone who spent the early part of his career with the New Jersey organization, we feel that he can provide a unique perspective to the young players.”
Weinrich will primarily be working with the Devils’ defensemen in the minors. Pertti Hasanen, Patrick Rissmiller and Scott Clemmensen are also part of the franchise’s development staff.