It’s a homecoming for Willie Desjardins today, as the Medicine Hat Tigers announced that he will return as head coach and GM of the WHL franchise. Desjardins coached the Tigers from 2002-10 before taking his first coaching role in the NHL. His most recent NHL opportunity, coaching the Los Angeles Kings down the stretch, did not result in another position with the team after they instead turned to Todd McLellan this offseason.
Despite his stint in Vancouver not going very well, Desjardins is an accomplished coach. The 62-year old has won championships at the WHL and AHL level, along with medals at the World Juniors and Olympics. Unfortunately that didn’t carry over to the NHL, but there is little doubt that he can bring some stability and success back to the Tigers organization.