Lane Lambert enters his third season as an assistant coach with the Predators in 2013- 14, and seventh season in the organization after serving behind the bench of the club’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League, the Milwaukee Admirals, from 2007-11. Lambert’s responsi¬bilities include running the team’s forward corps, in addition to heading up the penalty kill.
In his first season at the NHL level in 2011-12, Lambert helped the Predators to the League’s fifth-best record during the regular season, finishing among the Top 10 in goals, goals against and penalty kill efficiency. In 2012-13, he oversaw a forward corps ravaged by injury, and assisting in the NHL debut of six players, including highly touted prospects Filip Forsberg, Taylor Beck and Austin Watson.
During his time as head coach of the Admirals from 2007-11, Lambert led the club to a 178-103-39 record, the sixth-most wins in the AHL in that span, while giving up the second-fewest goals (821) in the league. Milwaukee posted 40-or-more wins and 90-or-more points all four seasons under Lambert as well, making them the first team in AHL history to reach the marks in eight consecutive campaigns. In addition to four straight Calder Cup Playoff berths, Lambert helped the Ads capture a pair of West Division titles, post¬ing the Western Conference’s highest point total in 2010-11 (102 pts, 44-22-14 record) despite seeing 10 of his core players recalled to the Predators during the season. He also captured a division title in 2008-09 when he led a young squad to 49-22-9 record, tying for the most points (107) in the AHL. The win total tied a club record since the team joined the AHL for the 2001-02 campaign.
Prior to joining the Admirals as an assistant coach in 2006-07, the Melfort, Sask., native spent one season as an assistant for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the New York Islanders’ AHL affiliate. Lambert started his coaching career in the Western Hockey League, spending parts of two seasons as head coach of the Prince George Cougars (2003-05) and parts of two campaigns as an assistant for the Moose Jaw Warriors (2002-04).
Lambert finished an 18-year playing career with the Houston Aeros in 2000-01. The Detroit Red Wings’ second selection, 25th overall (second round), in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft, Lambert finished his NHL career with 125 points (58g-67a) and 521 penalty minutes in 283 games with Detroit, the New York Rangers and Quebec from 1983-89. Lambert enjoyed his most successful NHL campaign with the Nordiques in 1987-88, recording career-highs in points (41) and assists (28) in 61 contests.
The 48-year old Lambert also gained significant playing experience in both the American and International Hockey Leagues, posting a combined 238 points (113g-125a) in 417 games. He won an AHL Calder Cup title with Adirondack in 1986, and helped the Houston Aeros claim the IHL’s Turner Cup championship in 1999.
Lambert and his wife, Andi, have two daughters, Taylor and Samantha.