Head Coach and General ManagerJeff Daniels, who first joined the Carolina Hurricanes organization as a player in 1995, has been head coach and general manager of its AHL affiliate since taking control of the Albany River Rats in 2008. Prior to assuming his current position, Daniels spent four seasons with the Hurricanes as an assistant coach, helping guide the team to a Stanley Cup championship in 2006. He also served in a player development role for the Hurricanes immediately following his retirement as a player in November of 2003.
Daniels was behind the bench for each of the Checkers' first three AHL seasons in Charlotte, leading the club to a record of 161-118-29. During the club's inaugural AHL season in 2010-11, he led the Checkers to 44 wins and 94 points during the regular season, marking the best totals for a Carolina affiliate since 2004-05. Daniels then guided the Checkers to the Eastern Conference Final, the deepest Calder Cup Playoff run for Carolina's AHL team since the 1996-97 Springfield Falcons, a team for which he played.
Daniels was selected in the sixth round (109th overall) by Pittsburgh in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft. In his 15-year professional playing career as a forward, Daniels spent time with Pittsburgh, Florida, Nashville and Carolina. In 425 NHL regular-season games, he scored 17 goals and 26 assists while adding three goals and five assists in 41 playoff games. As a player, the Oshawa, Ontario, native won a Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 1992 and made a return trip to the Stanley Cup Final with Carolina in 2002.
In addition to his time in the NHL, Daniels also played in the IHL and AHL. He played in 334 career IHL games with Muskegon, Cleveland, Detroit and Milwaukee, totaling 115 goals and 157 assists for 272 points. In 181 career AHL games with Springfield and New Haven, he earned 64 goals and 61 assists (125 points). Prior to turning professional in 1988, Daniels played four seasons of junior hockey for his hometown team, the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).
In the offseason, Jeff and his wife, Jennifer, live in Morrisville, NC, with their daughter, Jordan.