|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Even when he first coached with the Kings, I've always thought of Ftorek as a bit of a hothead. I mean,
when he kept his temper in check, he was a fiery coach, a very valuable asset especially with the Devils,
who seem to thrive with that type of coach.
He would be hired for the Devils organization in the early 90s, taking the coaching job in Utica. He
would be retained when the AHL affiliate was moved to Albany. While he was there, he lead the River
Rats to a rare feat in pro hockey: he lead the Rats to the Calder Cup in 1995, the same year the Devils
won the Stanley Cup. It's not that often that the parent club and the farm club win a championship in the
He would graduate back to the NHL by the end of the millennium, and had 2 consecutive 40-win seasons
for the Devils.
He was more infamous during the 99-00 season for throwing a bench onto the ice during a game against
the Detroit Red Wings because he was so irate over a referee's call. The hothead returns. I would think
that this was the beginning of the end for Ftorek as coach for the team, and history proved that it was. He
was let go 2 weeks before the end of the season.
He still got his name on the Cup that year; he was kept on as a scout.
He left the Devils to coach the Boston Bruins for a couple years, but was let go in the same fashion.
He would return to the Devils organization to coach the Rats, but was let go when the AHL affiliate was
moved to Lowell.
He took on the junior ranks when he was hired as coach of the OHL's Erie Otters in 2007. He would
stay there until the opening months of the 12-13 season.
Last I knew, he was an assistant coach for the Abbotsford Heat of the AHL during the 13-14 season.
|Playoff Statistics with the Franchise
|Robert Brian Ftorek
Born: 1.2.52 Needham, Massachusetts