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Mark Morrison is in the midst of his second
season as an assistant coach for the Ducks
in 2018-19. In his debut season in 2017-18,
Morrison helped the Ducks to a 44-25-13 record
for 101 points, finishing second in the Pacific Division.
A native of Prince George, British Columbia, Morrison was previously with
the Winnipeg Jets organization as an assistant coach for the AHL Manitoba
Moose (2015-17) and St. John’s IceCaps (2011-15).
Prior to St. John’s, Morrison served as Head Coach and General Manager
of the Victoria Salmon Kings of the ECHL, where he spent four years. He
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also coached and played with the Fife Flyers of the British National League,
winning Coach of the Year honors three times.
Morrison played 10 NHL games with the New York Rangers from 1981-
84, won the Adams Cup with the CHL’s Tulsa Oilers and was named Most
Sportsmanlike Player in the 1980-81 Memorial Cup. He also represented
Canada at the World Junior Championships in 1982 (gold medal) and 1983.
Morrison has three children: son, Lance, and daughters, Nicole and Tara.
Rich Preston is in the midst of his fourth season
as an assistant coach for the Anaheim Ducks.
Preston was a member of an Anaheim staff
that led the club to a second-place finish in the
Pacific Division with a 44-25-13 record in 2017-18.
A native of Regina, Saskatchewan, Preston previously served as an NHL
assistant coach with Chicago (1991-95), Calgary (1997-00 & 2003-09), and
San Jose (2000-03). He was the Head Coach of his hometown Regina Pats
(WHL) from 1995-97 and the General Manager/Head Coach of Lethbridge
(WHL) from 2009-13. With the Pats, Preston helped the team to a franchiserecord
27-game home undefeated streak during the 1996-97 season.
Preston played in the NHL from 1979-87, appearing with the Chicago
Blackhawks and New Jersey Devils. He appeared in 580 NHL games, scoring
127-164=291 points. He also played in the World Hockey Association,
winning championships with the Houston Aeros (1974-75) and Winnipeg
Jets (1978-79). Preston was also named the 1979 WHA Playoff MVP with
the Jets and collected 133-152=285 points in 388 career WHA games.
Preston and his wife, Laura, have three boys, Troy, Lucas and Thomas,
and reside in Calgary.
Marty Wilford is in his first season as Assistant
Coach with the Ducks and his eighth season
overall in the Anaheim organization. Wilford
spent the previous seven seasons as an assistant
coach with Anaheim’s AHL affiliate in San Diego (2015-18), Norfolk (2012-
15) and Syracuse (2011-12).
Wilford helped the Gulls to a 118-71-10-5 record in his three seasons in
San Diego, including an appearance in the Pacific Division Finals in 2016 and
2017. From 2012-15, Wilford was part of a Norfolk coaching staff that led
the Admirals to a 104-99-25 record and a win over top-seeded Manchester
in the opening round of the 2014 Calder Cup Playoffs. Wilford made his
professional coaching debut in 2011-12 at Syracuse, which went 37-29-10
and earned a berth in the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs.
Originally selected by Chicago in the sixth round (149th overall) of the
1995 NHL Draft, Wilford collected 47-228=275 points with 573 PIM as a
defenseman in 539 career AHL games from 2000-07. He ranked as Norfolk’s
all-time leading scorer among defensemen with 32-141=173 points in 318
games from 2000-05.
Wilford began his professional career in the International Hockey League,
scoring 3-29=32 points in 186 games between 1997-00. He spent his final
four seasons in Europe with Hamburg and Iserlong (Germany), and Fassa HC
(Italy), notching 19-121=140 points in 146 contests.
Wilford and his wife, Shelly, have three children: Emma, Grayce and Nash.