Lambert had served as the associate coach of the Islanders for the past four seasons under Trotz, who was relieved of his duties last week. In that time, the Islanders made the playoffs three of those four years, missing this season’s playoffs.
“I had the opportunity to work with Lane over the past four years, which includes spending time with him on a one-on-one basis when he served as the interim Head Coach this past season,” Islanders president and GM Lou Lamoriello said. “In my opinion, he is the right person to coach this team.”
Prior to his time with the Islanders, Lambert spent four seasons as an assistant coach with the Washington Capitals, also under Trotz. During that time, the Capitals won their first Stanley Cup Championship.
The Melfort, Saskatchewan native also spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the Nashville Predators from 2011-14.
Before picking up the clipboard, Lambert was selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft. He amassed 124 points (58 goals, 66 assists) in 283 career NHL games with the Red Wings, Rangers and Quebec Nordiques from 1983-89.