Donald Richard "Cleaver" Lever (born November 14, 1952) is the head coach of the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League (AHL) and a retired Canadian professional ice hockey left winger who played 15 seasons in the National Hockey League from 1972–73 until 1986–87.
Lever was drafted 3rd overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1972 NHL Amateur Draft. The forward reached the 20-goal mark six times in Vancouver and played for Canada at the 1978 World Championships. Lever was traded to the Atlanta Flames alongside Brad Smith in exchange for Ivan Boldirev and Darcy Rota on February 8, 1980. He was later the first captain of the New Jersey Devils. Lever scored the first goal in Devils history. He was recognized for both his penalty killing and powerplay abilities. Lever played 1020 career NHL games, scoring 313 goals and 367 assists for 680 points. On March 9, 2009, Lever was named an assistant coach for the Montreal Canadiens by Bob Gainey after the firing of Guy Carbonneau. His contract was not renewed, and he was named head coach of the Chicago Wolves of the AHL on October 21, 2009.
Awards and achievementsEdit
- 1972: OHA First All-Star Team
- 1972: Red Tilson Trophy (OHA MVP)
- 1982: Played in NHL All-Star Game
- 1990–91: Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award
- 2006–07: Head coached the Hamilton Bulldogs to their first franchise Calder Cup, AHL championship
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Season Team Lge Type GP W L T OTL Pct Result 1987-88 Buffalo Sabres NHL Assistant Coach 1988-89 Buffalo Sabres NHL Assistant Coach 1990-91 Rochester Americans AHL Head Coach 80 45 26 9 0 0.619 Lost in Finals 1991-92 Rochester Americans AHL Head Coach 80 37 31 12 0 0.537 Lost in round 3 1992-93 Buffalo Sabres NHL Assistant Coach 1993-94 Buffalo Sabres NHL Assistant Coach 1994-95 Buffalo Sabres NHL Assistant Coach 1995-96 Buffalo Sabres NHL Associate Coach 1996-97 Buffalo Sabres NHL Assistant Coach 1997-98 Buffalo Sabres NHL Associate Coach 1998-99 Buffalo Sabres NHL Associate Coach 1999-00 Buffalo Sabres NHL Associate Coach 2000-01 Buffalo Sabres NHL Assistant Coach 2001-02 Buffalo Sabres NHL Assistant Coach 2002-03 St. Louis Blues NHL Assistant Coach 2003-04 St. Louis Blues NHL Assistant Coach 2005-06 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL Head Coach 80 35 41 0 4 0.463 Out of Playoffs 2006-07 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL Head Coach 80 43 28 0 9 0.594 Won Championship 2007-08 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL Head Coach 80 36 34 0 10 0.512 Out of Playoffs 2008-09 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL Head Coach 65 39 24 0 2 0.615 2008-09 Montreal Canadiens NHL Assistant Coach