|Richard John Preston
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 185 pounds
Born: 5.22.52 Regina, Saskatchewan
|How he arrived: Traded by the Chicago Blackhawks with Don Dietrich and Blackhawks' 2nd round
pick in the 1985 E.D. for Bob MacMillan and Devils' 5th round pick in the 1985 E.D., 6.19.84
How he left: Signed as a free agent by the Chicago Blackhawks, 7.14.86
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
Preston could do a lot of good things out on the ice; he was that versatile. This was particularly true when he was
playing in the WHA, where in the last season of the League's existence (1978-79), he, as part of the Winnipeg Jets,
won the playoffs MVP as the Jets won the Avco World Cup.
He got 5 seasons out of the Chicago Blackhawks, most of them good, before coming to the Devils. He got his best
production as a Devil when he was teamed with Mel Bridgman and Peter McNab as what was dubbed as The Fossil
Line. (Because they were the oldest players on the team, which had a lot of young up-and-comers.)
He would return to the Hawks for one more season before calling it a career.
I'm not sure if he went underground for a few years or what happened after retirement, but the next time he would get
mentioned, he was hired as an assistant coach for the Hawks in 1991. After 1995, he left the Hawks to coach the Regina
Pats in the WHL for 2 seasons. He returned to the NHL coaching ranks (kinda) immediately after when the Calgary
Flames hired him, and up until the 08-09 season, had been an assistant coach somewhere in the NHL since. (3 seasons
with San Jose sandwiched in between 2 stints with the Flames for a total of 8 seasons.)
He went back to juniors in 2009 to become a headman again, this time with the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Also with that,
he became the team's GM. He would stay there for 4 seasons, all of them with a losing record.
After a 2 year hiatus, he joined the Anaheim Ducks as an assistant coach, where he sits today, in 2015.