Lane Lambert enters his second season as an assistant coach with the Predators in 2012-13 after spending the previous four seasons coaching the club’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League, the Milwaukee Admirals. His responsibilities behind the bench include running the team’s forward corps, in addition to heading up the penalty kill, which ranked among the League’s Top 10 for the ninth time in the last 12 seasons in 2011-12.
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, posting 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, Saskatchewan native spent one season as an assistant for the AHL’s 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 47-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.