John Slaney was named as a Tucson Roadrunners Assistant Coach on July 26, 2017 after serving two seasons as an Assistant Coach with the Arizona Coyotes. This season marks his eleventh overall with the organization as a coach and his fifth with the Roadrunners. Slaney previously spent four seasons as an assistant coach with the Portland Pirates (Arizona Coyotes AHL). He started with the Pirates in 2011-12 after finishing his playing career with Plzen HC (Czech) following the 2010-11 season.
He spent parts of the 1996-97 season playing with the Phoenix Roadrunners in the IHL and parts of the 1997-98 season playing with the Coyotes.
Leaving his mark as one of the best defensemen in AHL history, Slaney joined the Pirates coaching staff with a wealth of accolades. Slaney was a two-time recipient of the Eddie Shore Award (given annually to the AHL’s top defenseman) with the Philadelphia Phantoms in the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons, and also won a Calder Cup championship with the Phantoms in 2005.
He was inducted into the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Hall of Fame in 2016.
A member of the Penguins inaugural team, Slaney appeared in 89 games
with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton during parts of two seasons (1999-2001), recording 42-68-110 points. Slaney became the AHL’s all-time leading scorer as a defenseman in 2005-06 until his mark (519 career points) was surpassed by Oklahoma City’s Bryan Helmer.
Slaney also played in 29 games and posted 14-13-27 for Portland during the 1993-94 Calder Cup championship season.
During his career in the NHL, Slaney totaled 91 points (22-69-91) in 268 games with the Washington Capitals (1993-95), Colorado Avalanche (1995-96), Los Angeles Kings (1995-97), Phoenix Coyotes (1997-98), Nashville Predators (1998-99), Pittsburgh Penguins (1999-00), and Philadelphia Flyers (2001-02; 2003-04). Slaney also skated in 14 games for the Capitals (1993-94), Penguins (1999-00), and Flyers (2001-02) during the Stanley Cup Playoffs where he netted two goals and registered an assist.
The 49-year-old native of St. John’s, Newfoundland was originally drafted by Washington in the first round (ninth overall) of the 1990 NHL Entry Draft.
He and his wife, Brenda, have a son, Tyler, and daughter, Julia.