Ford trades in hockey gear for whistle as next chapter of hockey career begins

After splitting time with the Milwaukee Admirals and the South Carolina Stingrays last season of the American Hockey League, and East Coast Hockey League respectively Scott Ford has hung up his skates as far as his playing career is concerned. Ford will still be active with hockey however as he’s accepted an assistant coach position with the Admirals.

Ford said last season’s end losing in the ECHL finals was difficult, but as the off season progressed he admitted the motivation to return wasn’t there as it had been in years past.

“It was kind of bitter sweet how last year ended losing out in the style that we did. I wasn’t sure if I was going to continue to play or not. I just didn’t feel as much desire as I had in the past to get back on the ice as the season came closer to a start,” he said.

Certainly no stranger to leadership roles having captained a number of teams, getting into coaching seemed to be a natural fit for the Fort St. John alum. After bringing up the possibility in the beginning of the summer, Nashville Predators general manager David Poile followed up with Ford a few weeks ago to see if he was still interested in coaching.

“This opportunity came up with Nashville and Milwaukee to stay within the organization to do some coaching and player development. I had spoken with them earlier in the summer upon finishing up in South Carolina and nothing really came to fruition for awhile. A couple of weeks ago David Poile called and offered me a position. It was something where I had to think about for a bit but it was time. It’s a great opportunity to still be involved and to transition into another role within a game that I’ve spent the better part of my life being passionate about.”

As for his responsibilities as of now, this time of year is the busiest for Ford. Currently he’s in Nashville with the rest of the Admirals coaching staff going through the initial evaluations of the team’s rookies and prospects.

“I got my feet wet so to speak today. We’re all down here in Nashville right now for rookie camp through main camp. On the ice today we had our first practice with the prospects and rookies. We practice again tomorrow morning and then we’re off to Tampa for their rookie tournament. It will be cool. They’ve got four teams down there and they kind of do a rookie showcase tournament. It will give me an opportunity to see that side of it. It’s been pretty overwhelming and very busy in the sense of everything is happening so fast and being thrown into the mix.”

Ford and the rest of the coaches will return to Nashville for the main camp on September 16.

His professional career began in the 2004-2005 season with the Cleveland Barons and Fresno Falcons. Over his time with a number of clubs he tallied totals of 31 regular season goals over his career along with 85 assists. Ford was no stranger to the penalty box amassing 1,055 penalty minutes.

His playoff totals as a pro include one goal, 16 assists, and 85 penalty minutes.

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