|David Rodney Lewis
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 200 pounds
Born: 7.3.53 Kindersley, Saskatchewan
|How he arrived: Traded by the Minnesota North Stars for Brent Ashton, 10.3.83
How he left: Signed as a free agent by the Detroit Red Wings, 7.27.86
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
Lewis was an effective stay-at-home player in his career. For a time in his career, he was paired with Denis Potvin, that's
how reliable he was.
So that's what he brought to the Devils while he was with them. He gave the young team a jolt of physicality and I'm
guessing a few words of wisdom.
I say that because of future endeavors, particularly after he retired while with the Red Wings. He took to coaching with
them. He served as an assistant for a LONG time, from when he retired to when Scotty Bowman stepped down. That's
about 14 seasons. Add 2 more as the head coach and one as a scout while with Detroit.
He moved on to the Boston Bruins after the season as a scout to become their coach, but he only lasted one season with
a last place finish in the Northeast. He moved on to be an assistant with the Los Angeles Kings for a season, but hadn't
done anything on the NHL benches since 2008 until Carolina hired him as an assistant in June, 2011. He would stay
there until the end of the 2014 season.
He would join the Belarus national program as their head coach. (It's not his first experience for coaching a former
Soviet republic; he had been part of Ukraine's program in 2010.) He also joined the Saginaw Spirit of the OHL during
the 2015-16 season as defensive consultant to finish their season.
|Entry Draft: 1973 Third Round Pick (33rd overall) by the
New York Islanders