Lorne Molleken re-joined the Blades staff for the 2004-05 season, proving a successful career behind benches from the junior ranks to the NHL. The 56-year old former minor league goaltender has also been a head coach with the Chicago Blackhawks as well as an assistant coach with the San Jose Sharks, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Blackhawks.
During the 2012-13 season, Molleken hit the 600 career coaching victoriy milestone with a win against the Brandon Wheat Kings. He was only the 2nd coach in WHL history to hit 600 wins at the time of the achievement.
Molleken proved himself as an exceptional developmental coach during a previous four-year stint with the Saskatoon Blades of the major junior Western Hockey League from 1991-95. He compiled a 170-101-17 record, reached the Western Hockey League finals in 1992 and 1994, and was named WHL Coach of the Year in 1994 in addition to compiling the best winning percentage in Blades coaching history at .591. He was also a finalist for coach of the year honours in 1992.
Lorne then spent three seasons as head coach of the Edmonton Oilers' developmental clubs in the American Hockey League in Cape Breton and Hamilton. He coached Hamilton to the AHL's Calder Cup finals in 1997.
Molleken worked two seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks from 1998-2000, serving as both assistant coach and head coach for the NHL club. He posted a head coaching record of 18-21-8 in parts of two seasons in Chicago.
The native of Regina, Saskatchewan returned home to coach the WHL's Regina Pats in 2000-01, leading the club to a 40-27-3-2 mark as hosts of the Memorial Cup. He then moved on to San Jose where he was an assistant coach on Darryl Sutter's staff for parts of two seasons.
Most recently, Molleken was the general manager of the WHL's Moose Jaw Warriors during the 2002-03 season. Following his stint in Moose Jaw, Molleken joined the staff of the Pittsburgh Penguins under bench boss Ed Olcyzk for the 2003-04 season helping to lead the likes of budding star Marc Andre Fleury as well as Mario Lemieux.
Prior to becoming a coach Molleken played in the WHL as a goaltender with the Swift Current/Lethbridge Broncos and the now defunct Winnipeg Clubs. Following his junior career Molleken spent seven years in professional hockey and was a first-team International Hockey League All-Star selection in 1982-83. He won two IHL Turner Cup championships with Toledo in 1982 and 1983.