KINGS ASSISTANT COACH 1982-83
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After a 14-year career as a defenseman both in the old World Hockey Association and the National Hockey League, Brad Selwood served one season (1982-83) as Los Angeles Kings assistant coach under Don Perry. Selwood was promoted to the Kings along with Don Perry on Jan. 11, 1982, taking the place of Nick Beverley, who left the Kings to fill the gap at New Haven when Perry accepted the post as head coach with Los Angeles.
A native of Leamington, Ontario, Selwood entered professional hockey in 1968 as a first round draft choice of the Toronto Maple Leafs. He spent the 1968-69 season with the Tulsa franchise of the Central Hockey League before joining the parent club at Toronto for the 1970-71 campaign. After a short two-year stint with the Leafs, Selwood left the NHL and joined the New England Whalers of the WHA. In seven years with New England, the 6’1”, 200 pound defenseman appeared in 431 games, scoring 42 goals, 143 assists for 185 points. He was a member of the Whalers 1979 WHA championship team, in what turned out to be the final season of hockey for the now-defunct league. During his tenure with New England, Selwood’s highest and most rewarding achievement came in 1974 when he was selected to play for Team Canada in the Canada Cup Series.
Prior to the start of the 1979-80 hockey season, Selwood became a member of the Los Angeles Kings organization following a trade with the Montreal Canadiens, who had obtained his NHL playing rights from Toronto in the 1979 Intra-League draft. In his first and only season with the Kings, Selwood appeared in 63 games, scoring one goal and 14 points while totaling 82 penalty minutes. He was an integral part of the Kings defensive unit that season, displaying leadership and teaching qualities that would soon impress members of the Kings brass.
Selwood’s coaching debut in the professional ranks came the following season as Kings’ general manager George Maguire appointed him player/assistant coach to Nick Beverly at Houston of the CHL, the Kings top minor league affiliate. Again, Maguire appointed Selwood player/assistant coach to Don Perry this time at New Haven, but Selwood eliminated his playing status role only 23 games into the season because of a nagging achilles tendon injury. Finally, in mid-January of 1982 he made his return visit to the NHL with the promotion to Kings assistant coach.
Following his time with the Kings, Selwood spent a decade with the Markham Islanders, then of the Metropolitan Toronto Hockey League. In 1993-94, Selwood accepted the dual role of general manager and head coach with the Thornhill Islanders Junior 'A' squad. After three seasons, he moved west in 1996-97 to take the helm of the OHL's London Knights. The following year, he spent the first of three seasons with the Aurora Tigers, where he held the roles of general manager and head coach. He then spent four seasons behind the bench of the Newmarket Hurricanes, before joining the Oshawa Generals as GM, a post he held until May 7, 2008.