Assistant Coach Wes Walz Relieved of His Duties
“We’d like to thank Wes for his dedication to the Lightning organization,” Lawton said. “We wish him the best of luck moving forward in his future endeavors and are extremely thankful for his time with the club.”
A veteran of 13 seasons in the NHL, Walz played in 607 career games with Boston, Philadelphia, Calgary, Detroit and Minnesota. He recorded 109 career goals, 260 points and 14 shorthanded goals. He was known as a defensive specialist, amassing a plus-23 rating during his career.
The Calgary, Alberta native made his mark with the Wild, where he played 438 of his 607 games and was a finalist for the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the NHL’s best defensive forward in 2002-03. Walz was twice chosen by the Twin Cities chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association as nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.