The New Jersey Devils today named Eric Weinrich to the position of Development Coach, joining Pertti Hasanen, Patrick Rissmiller and Scott Clemmensen on the team’s development staff. The announcement was made by Devils’ Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero.
“Eric has a strong track record as a leader over his 23-year professional hockey career. We look to benefit from his time as a player and recent experience in coaching,” said Shero. “As a former Devils’ draft pick and someone who spent the early part of his career with the New Jersey organization, we feel that he can provide a unique perspective to the young players. His primary focus will be working with our defensive prospects in Albany and throughout the system.”
Weinrich, 48, spent the past six seasons with the Buffalo Sabres’ organization on the NHL level as a scout (2011-12 to 2014-15), and the AHL level as an Assistant Coach with the Portland Pirates (2008-09 to 2010-11). Weinrich was New Jersey’s third pick (second round), in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft. In three-plus seasons (1988-89 through 1991-92) with the Devils, he tallied 13 goals and 66 assists for 79 points and 114 penalty minutes in 173 games. In his first full season with New Jersey in 1990-91, he scored 38 points (four goals, 34 assists) and was named to the NHL’s All-Rookie Team. While with Utica (AHL) in 1989-90, he was named the league’s Best Defenseman and to the First All-Star Team.
He ended his 17-year professional playing career in 2008 after two seasons with the Portland Pirates (AHL). Weinrich played in 1,157 regular-season NHL games, scoring 70 goals and 318 assists for 388 points and 825 penalty minutes with the Devils, Hartford, Chicago, Montreal, Boston, Philadelphia, St. Louis, and Vancouver. He added six goals and 23 assists in 81 playoff contests. He has represented the United States at two World Junior Championships, 10 World Championships, the 1988 Olympic Winter Games and the 1991 Canada Cup.
Weinrich played three seasons from 1985-86 through 1987-88 with the University of Maine (HE), scoring 16 goals and 54 assists for 70 points, while accumulating 107 PIM in 83 games. He earned NCAA East Second All- American Team, NCAA Hockey East All-Tournament Team and NCAA Hockey East First All-Star Team honors in his sophomore year. He played high school hockey with North Yarmouth Academy in Maine.