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Lance Nethery (b. June 28, 1957 in Toronto, Ontario) is a former professional ice hockey centre and coach, and current executive. Nethery attended Cornell University, playing for the Cornell Big Red, and midway through his college career he was selected by the New York Rangers, 131st overall, in the eighth round of the 1977 NHL Amateur Draft. The same year he was named to the ECAC Second All-Star team, and the following two seasons he would be named to both the ECAC First All-Star Team and the NCAA East First All-American Team. He was also named ECAC Player of the Year in 1978. Nethery still holds the Cornell records for assists and points in a season, as well as career assists and points. His scoring touch stayed with him as a professional player, and he average over a point per game in parts of three seasons with the New Haven Nighthawks and Springfield Indians of the AHL. He also played 41 NHL games in two seasons, for the New York Rangers and Edmonton Oilers. After joining the Oilers (in a trade for Eddie Mio), Nethery played only 3 NHL games, despite putting up two points. He played dominantly in the minor leagues before signing a contract with HC Davos of the Swiss Nationalliga A. Nethery won two championships with Davos, and retired in 1988.
Nethery was named the head coach of Davos for the 1990–91 season, and was fired midway through. In 1993 he joined German hockey club Landshut as an assistant coach, and then became the head coach of Mannheim from 1994 to 1999, during which time his team won the league championship three times. In 1999 he became the head coach of Cologne, as well as general manager in 2000, until January 2002. During this time he also served as an assistant coach with Team Canada for the 2001 Deutschland Cup. He joined the Frankfurt Lions as head coach on April 11, 2002, and was subsequently elevated to general manager on February 5, 2003, leading the team to its first championship. He was hired as the GM of the DEG Metro Stars prior to the 2005–06 season. His contract, set to expire in 2008, was recently extended through 2012.
- Lance Nethery's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
- Lance Nethery's biography at Legends of Hockey
- Lance Nethery's biography at Hockey Draft Central
- Lance Nethery's biography at the New York Rangers website
- Cornell hockey records
- Lance Nethery's biography with the DEG Metro Stars (in German)
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