The Columbus Blue Jackets made another coaching move, but this time in their minor league system. Last week the Blue Jackets removed the interim tag and appointed Todd Richards as the permanent head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets. On Monday, Jackets General Manager Scott Howson announced that Brad Larsen has been named head coach of the Blue Jackets minor league affiliate, the Springfield Falcons. Larsen joined the Falcons’ coaching staff in 2010-2011 season as an assistant coach.
Assistant General Manager Chris MacFarland talked about Larsen’s hiring. “We are very pleased to announce Brad Larsen as the head coach of the Springfield Falcons and are excited to have him working with our prospects in the American Hockey League,” MacFarland said. “He has a tremendous amount of passion for coaching and the game of hockey and will bring great energy to the rink every day.”
Larsen had a 13-year-career in the American Hockey League, finishing his last season with the Portland Pirates. He played in 294 NHL games with the Colorado Avalanche and Atlanta Thrashers. Larsen totaled 19 goals and 29 assists during his time in the NHL.
Larsen will have the opportunity to teach young players and prospects in the Blue Jackets’ organization as Columbus continues to rebuild.