Dallas Eakins is in his fourth year as head coach of the Toronto Marlies.
Eakins was named the third head coach in team history on August 4, 2009. He previously served as the Director of Player Development for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
In his first two seasons as head coach, the Marlies have compiled a record of 114-91-12-19 with Eakins behind the bench. This past season, Eakins guided the Marlies to their second North Division championship in franchise history, finishing the regular season with 96 points. Toronto posted the league’s top penalty kill for a second consecutive season, with a success rate of 88.1 %.
During his first full season as head coach in 2009-10, Eakins guided the club to a 33-35-6-6 record despite his team suffering more than 400 man games lost due to injury. He won his first game behind the bench in the team’s home opener on October 4 against the Hamilton Bulldogs, 3-2.
Eakins, 44, has spent the past six seasons in the Toronto Maple Leafs organization in various roles. From 2006 to 2008 he served as an assistant coach for the Maple Leafs. During the 2005-06 season, Eakins was an assistant coach with the Marlies.
The Dade City, Florida native was originally drafted by the Washington Capitals in the 10th round, 208th overall, in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft. Eakins played in 120 games for Winnipeg, Florida, St. Louis, Phoenix, the New York Rangers, Toronto, the New York Islanders and Calgary, collecting nine assists and 208 penalty minutes. He retired from professional hockey following the 2004 season with the Manitoba Moose of the AHL.
Eakins played his junior hockey with the Ontario Hockey League’s Peterborough Petes. He currently lives in Toronto with his wife Ingrid and his daughters Emerson and Cameron.