The fourth-highest scoring defenseman in NHL history, Phil Housley was hired as a Predators assistant coach on May 21, 2013, and enters his first season behind an NHL bench in 2013-14 after helping USA Hockey reach new heights since entering the coaching ranks in 2004. Housley’s primary responsibilities will be running the team’s defensive corps and heading up the power-play.
Housley has spent the last nine seasons coaching at different levels, with his most notable accomplishments coming on the international stage. He coached the United States to a gold medal at the 2013 World Junior Championships, and helped Team USA claim the bronze medal at the 2013 World Championships as an assistant coach. Housley was also behind the bench for the U.S. National Team at the 2011 World Championships, and was an assistant on the 2007 and 2011 editions of the World Junior team, helping each squad claim the bronze medal. He was also one of two head coaches for the inaugural CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game in 2012.
The highest scoring American-born defenseman amassed 1,232 points (338g-894a) in 1,495 NHL regular-season games in a career that spanned 21 seasons (1982-2003) with eight teams (Buffalo, Winnipeg, St. Louis, Calgary, New Jersey, Washington, Chicago and Toronto). Housley was also a seven-time All-Star Game selection and finished his career having suited up for the sixth-most games all-time among blueliners. A first-round pick (sixth overall) by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft, Housley was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004.
The 49-year-old native of South St. Paul, Minn., also played extensively for his country. A seven-time member of the U.S. National Team at the World Championships (1982, 1986, 1989, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2003), Housley earned a silver medal at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics and helped Team USA capture the 1996 World Cup of Hockey title. He was inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame in 2012, received the USA Hockey Distinguished Achievement Award in 2013 for his outstanding contributions on or off the ice to the sport in America, the 2008 Lester Patrick Award for outstanding service to hockey in the United States, and USA Hockey’s Bob Johnson Award in 2000 for excellence in international competition.
Housley and his wife, Karin, have four children, Taylor, Reide, Wilson and Avery.