Manor Marco Sturm Expected to Return as Reign Head Coach


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Indications are, Marco Sturm will return for his third season as coach of AHL Ontario.

Last month, reports surfaced that the 45-year-old bench boss was interviewing for the vacant NHL job with San Jose. After things went quiet for a few weeks, earlier today the Sharks announced Ryan Warsofsky would be taking over behind their bench. With jobs already filled for the Kraken, Devils, Maple Leafs, etc., Sturm is believed to be returning to the Reign.

His desire to be a head coach over an NHL assistant was something he discussed here:

Marco Sturm — "I'm a head coach"

More on his future…

— The Mayor | Team MM (@mayorNHL) May 20, 2024

As noted last summer, Sturm signed a multi-year extension to return to the AHL after his first season with the Reign. Following his debut season with the reign — where the team won 34 games and lost in the first round of the playoffs — Sturm guided the Reign to their deepest playoff run since their inaugural season in 2015-16. Further, the team’s .632 points percentage during the regular season was third-best in Reign history.

Following a career that saw him play more than 1,000 combined NHL games, Sturm returned to the league as an assistant coach with the Kings in 2018. Since moving over to guide the AHL squad, he’s been part of the coaching staff responsible for the development of several prospects expected to make an impact with the big club next season, including Brandt Clarke, Alex Turcotte, and Akil Thomas.


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