Mark French is a Canadian professional ice hockey coach who currently coaches the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League.[1][2][3]

Early careerEdit

A native of Milton, Ontario, French played college hockey at Brock University in St. Catherines, Ontario, serving as captain for three years there and received the prestigious “212 Degrees” annual award all four seasons, presented to the athlete who demonstrates leadership, commitment and excellence on the ice.

Prior to his assistant coaching duties with Hershey, he was the head coach at Wilfrid Laurier University from 2002–04 and was head coach and director of hockey operations for the Wichita Thunder (CHL) from 2005-07. French also coached in the ECHL with the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies during the 2004-05 season, walking the bench as assistant coach as the Bullies posted a 42-21-9 record.

Hershey BearsEdit

He became an assistant with the Bears in January 2008, and was named the franchise's 23rd head coach in 2009 following the promotion of Bob Woods to Washington. In his first season, French guided the Bears to an AHL record 60 wins and the teams eleventh Calder Cup.

Personal lifeEdit

He lives in Hershey with his wife Kimberly. They have two children, Ellie (2) and William, who was born during the 2009 Calder Cup winning season.

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM
1995-96 Brock UniversityCIAU2023528
CIAU totals 2023528


  1. Mark French's Official Bio. Hershey Bears Hockey Club. Retrieved on April 25, 2010.
  2. Former Wichita Coach Heads to AHL's Hershey Bears. Central Hockey League. Retrieved on April 26, 2010.
  3. Wichita Thunder History. Wichita Thunder Hockey Club. Retrieved on April 25, 2010.

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