Defending Swiss league champions ZSC Lions Zurich will have a new face behind the bench in 2012. After spending time as a television analyst on TSN, veteran head coach Marc Crawford has jumped the pond and landed in Switzerland, signing a two-year deal with the Lions.
A former bench boss for the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche, the Vancouver Canucks, the Los Angeles Kings, and the Dallas Stars, in 1995 Crawford became the youngest coach to win the Jack Adams Trophy (NHL Coach of the Year) with Quebec and won the Stanley Cup the following year when the franchise moved to Colorado.
With several national team members on ZSC, Crawford figures to have a strong group with which to defend the Swiss league championship. IIHF.com caught up with the coach to talk about his new job and the switch to European club hockey.