Brad Tapper enters his first season behind the bench with the Wolves after being named an assistant coach on August 26. A member of Chicago’s 2002 Calder Cup squad, he brings four years of coaching experience and nine years of professional playing experience to the staff.
A forward for the Wolves from 2001-04, Tapper makes the jump to the American Hockey League in his sixth season as a coach. He previously ran the bench for one season with North York in the CCHL and served as an assistant the past four with Florida and Orlando in the ECHL.
The 36-year-old has a league championship on his coaching resume, capturing the 2012 Kelly Cup with Florida. In his four seasons in the ECHL, his teams never failed to make the postseason and posted a 158-102-9-19 record (.597). His forward corps placed in the top 10 in the league in scoring each season, including two second-place finishes, and averaged 3.41 goals per game overall.
The Scarborough, Ontario, native retired as a player in 2009 following a nine-year professional career, including parts of three seasons with the Wolves. During his tenure in Chicago, he contributed 58 points (24G, 34A) in 98 regular-season games and another 11 points (4G, 7A) in 28 postseason tilts.
In addition to his time with the Wolves, Tapper skated in 71 NHL contests with Atlanta from 2000-03, accruing 25 points (14G, 11A) in 71 games. He also suited up for Binghamton and Philadelphia in the AHL and spent seasons in the International Hockey League and German Elite League, in addition to his collegiate career at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.