Don Nachbaur

Donald Kenneth Nachbaur (born January 30, 1959) is a Canadian professional ice hockey coach and former player. He was formerly the assistant coach for the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL). Nachbaur was also previously the head coach of the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League (WHL).

Don Nachbaur
Born (1959-01-30) January 30, 1959
Kitimat, British Columbia, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Hartford Whalers
Edmonton Oilers
Philadelphia Flyers
EC Graz
NHL Draft 60th overall, 1979
Hartford Whalers
Playing career 19791994

Early life

Nachbaur was born on January 30, 1959 in Kitimat, British Columbia and was raised in Prince George, British Columbia.[1]

Playing career

Nachbaur played his junior career with the Billings Bighorns of the WHL. In two seasons, where he played 162 games (Regular Season and Playoffs), he scored 87 goals, added 89 assists for 176 points and accumulated 350 minutes in penalties. Nachbaur still shares the WHL record for most goals in a playoff game where he scored 5 goals on April 20, 1978, at Vancouver, against New Westminster Bruins. Bighorns won 7–4.

Nachbaur played in the NHL with the Hartford Whalers, Edmonton Oilers and Philadelphia Flyers, and played professionally for 14 years, including parts of eight seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL). In 223 NHL games, he scored 23 goals, added 46 assists and recorded 465 penalty minutes. He was the Whalers' third-round selection (60th overall) in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft.

Nachbaur played 469 games in the American Hockey League (AHL) where he scored 174 goals, added 187 assists for a total of 361 points. He accumulated 1,452 penalty minutes. He won the Calder Cup with the Hershey Bears in the 1987–88 season.

Nachbaur played for ATSE Graz and EC Graz in Austria from 1990 to 1994 where in 182 games he scored 106 goals and added 103 assists for 209 points.

Coaching career

Nachbaur began his coaching career in the 1994–95 season, when he was named head coach of the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League (WHL). He won WHL coach of the year award that season when he led the, to a 42–28–2 record and remained with the Thunderbirds as their head coach until 2000.

Nachbaur then served as an assistant coach for the Philadelphia Phantoms of the American Hockey League (AHL) from 2000 to 2002.

From 2003 to 2009, he served as head coach of the Tri-City Americans of the WHL, earning a .592 winning percentage with 235 wins, 155 losses, 25 overtime losses and 17 shootout defeats over the span of 432 regular season games. His teams made the playoffs in each of his seasons behind the bench, advancing as far as the conference final in 2007–08. On November 29, 2008, Nachbaur became just the tenth WHL coach to win 400 games when the Americans defeated the Vancouver Giants. The Americans won the WHL's U.S. Division regular season title in each of his last two seasons, the first time in franchise history they accomplished the feat. In the 2007–08 season, Nachbaur won his second WHL coach of the year award when he led them to a 52–16–2–2 record and gained a franchise-record 108 points.

For the 2009–10 season, Nachbaur joined the Binghamton Senators of the AHL. After the season he returned to WHL and joined the Spokane Chiefs as their head coach. At the end of the 2016–17 season, and with the Chiefs not making the playoffs for the first time in many years, it was announced that Nachbaur and the Chiefs agreed to mutually part ways.[2]

On June 22, 2017, the Los Angeles Kings announced that Nachbaur was hired as assistant coach.[3]


  1. Peters, Jason (June 25, 2017). "Los Angeles Kings add Nachbaur to coaching staff". Prince George Citizen. Retrieved June 29, 2017.
  2. Clouse, Thomas; Horton, Josh (March 30, 2017). "All-time wins leader Don Nachbaur out as coach of the Spokane Chiefs". Retrieved June 29, 2017.
  3. "Don Nachbaur agreed to terms to serve as Assistant Coach". June 22, 2017. Retrieved June 29, 2017.
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