In the wake of Rocky Thompson being promoted to the Edmonton Oilers, and JF Houle being announced as the new head coach in Bakersfield, the Oklahoma City Barons have added to their coaching team. Announced today, Tony Borgford, has been assigned to the Oklahoma City Barons. Having logged recent assistant time with the Winnipeg Jets, Borgford isn’t a complete stranger.
Indeed Borgford coached alongside Todd Nelson with the Atlanta Thrashers organization prior to the teams turn-over and eventual demise, Borgford is the rare coach that actually kept his job when the team moved way North. He worked in the hockey operations of the Thrashers since their inception in 1999 in many capacities, but almost exclusively with video. This points to a man with good character and high work ethic, something the Barons admire dearly.
Borgford is a direct replacement of Rocky Thompson on the farm, or so we have come to believe. Borgford’s role with the Jets was video coach and analyzer of game footage. His role will instantly be to reproduce the same type of game-time data that was so useful in a young prospects world that the Barons / Oilers have grown to love. I like this sort of hire
The official Barons release:
The Edmonton Oilers announced today, they have appointed Tony Borgford as Assistant Coach and Manager of Hockey Operations for the Oklahoma City Barons.
Borgford, 39, joins the Barons after serving as a Video Coordinator/Coach for the past three seasons with the Winnipeg Jets. He also worked with as a Video Coordinator with the Atlanta Thrashers for eight seasons, prior to the franchise relocating to Winnipeg in 2010.
The Regina, Saskatchewan native played his junior hockey for the North Battleford North Stars of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League and played four years of NCAA hockey for Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania, from 1995-99.