The Surrey Eagles have announced they have added Gary Nylund to their coaching staff. Nylund, a native of Surrey, is no stranger to the Surrey Eagles having been an assistant coach with the team from 2010-12 when the Eagles had a combined record of 71-37-3-9 under then head coach Matt Erhart. Gary says he’s looking forward to bringing his experience and success to the Eagles, “I owe a lot to the game of hockey and feel I need to give back and that I have something to offer.”
Nylund’s playing career started with the Delta Suns in the then BCJHL, before advancing through the junior hockey ranks with the Portland Winterhawk. Nylund would be drafted in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs with the 3rd overall selection. He would go on to play 12 seasons in the NHL with the Maple Leafs, Blackhawks and Islanders before retiring in 1993.
After retiring, Nylund made his home in Surrey where he has lived for the last 25 years. He is also a firefighter with the Delta Fire Department where he is a current Captain. In 2001, Nylund received a Medal of Bravery for an incident during a 2001 warehouse fire where he saved the lives of two trapped colleagues.
Nylund along with head coach Blaine Neufeld will look to get the Eagles back to their winning ways after a disappointing 9-45-1-3 record last season when the Eagles open their season in September.