Paul McFarland just completed his first year as an assistant coach with the expansion Seattle Kraken. The Richmond Hill, Ontario native has coached a total of four seasons in the NHL, including two seasons as an assistant coach in Florida and one in Toronto, where he coached alongside current Head Coach, Dave Hakstol.
Before joining the Kraken, McFarland had two separate tenures with the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs. During his first tour with Kingston, his teams made three straight playoff berths and set a franchise record for points in a season, finishing in first place in the Eastern Conference in the 2015-16 season. He returned to the Frontenacs in the 2020-21 season as both the Head Coach and GM. McFarland has also represented Canada on multiple occasions, including leading the U18 team at the 2016-17 Hlinka Gretzky Cup.
As a player, McFarland played four seasons in the OHL split between Windsor and Kitchener, where he captured the 2003 Memorial Cup. He went on to play four years at Acadia University, captaining the team for three seasons.
Watch McFarland’s 2022 presentation: The Importance of Attacking off the Rush